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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump - ethnic tokenism

Continuing my series about following your mother's advice to watch out who your friends are, the new best friend for Donald Trump's entourage is now the former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.  

Let me get this right. The "Ben Carson - Trump" BFF endorsement is obviously tokenism. Or, is it more like a bi-racial sequel to the 
cartoon characters of "Alphonse and Gaston". Trump picked Carson as his token African-American. Like the character "Gaston", Dr. Carson is just too obliged to say no.

"After you, Alphonse.", "No, you first, my dear Gaston!" routine entertained cartoon readers for more than a decade. Alphonse was short and grotesque; Gaston was tall and grotesque. Both were extremely polite, constantly bowing and deferring to each other. Neither could ever do anything or go anywhere because each insisted on letting the other precede him.

This scenario is exactly how I see a "Trump-Carson" alliance.
"Dear 'sometimes cerebral', Mr. Trump", says Carson;......"after you, polite and soft spoken Dr. Carson", responds Trump.  

Every Trumponian political endorsement appears to be an ambitious attempt by the person doing the endorsing to gain political favor with the Trump runaway political train. None of the endorsements appear to be based on an ideological agreement.  

In other words, I don't see Governor Chris Christie lining up to believe there were Muslims cheering when the New York City terrorism attacks happened on September 11, 2001, as Trump wrongly described. Moreover, it's difficult for me to believe Senator Jefferson Sessions agrees with Donald Trump, when he won't condemn the racial extremism of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.  Each of Trump's opportunistic endorsers appear to have one shared attribute, being they want something in return for their support. Hopefully, all of them will be discredited by their endorsement for Donald Trump, just like mother said, "watch out who your friends are".  

It appears there's a new right wing of the "right wing" Republican party being nurtured. Those who are the leaders of this coven of supporters will reap what they sow. In other words, "After you, Mr. Trump," they exit stage left and into a political no man's land.  

As for Dr. Ben Carson, it's certainly disappointing to see a man with his expert medical-surgical talents become a token African-American, hung up like a trophy, used for political purposes.  



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