Ben Carson, the Republican presidential hopeful, said Monday that he’s a proud member of the party and that he believes he’ll “make a very good president.”
“I am a proud American and I am proud to say that I am a Republican,” Carson said during a campaign event in Iowa.
“And I’m a Republican because I believe that the future of this country belongs to the people of this nation.
I believe in the Constitution.
I think in the Declaration of Independence, I think the Founding Fathers were very much in the spirit of America.”
Carson, who is vying for the Republican nomination for president, has repeatedly attacked Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who is currently trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls.
Sanders, who has endorsed Carson, called Carson’s endorsement of Trump “outrageous.”
“Donald Trump has no business being president of the United States.
He has no respect for the office, he has no honor, and he has a disgraceful record of bigotry and racism,” Sanders said in a statement.
“Trump has made it clear that he will not respect our Constitution, our Constitution is the foundation of our society and it will not stand by while others disrespect it.
We will not accept a president who will disrespect our Constitution and our country.”
During the 2016 campaign, Carson took a swipe at Trump, calling him “the most racist person I’ve ever encountered.”
During a 2016 interview with MSNBC, Carson said he “wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump” and called the real estate mogul “the least presidential of all of them” when it comes to addressing racial issues.
Carson said Monday he was “very proud” of the speech he gave in Iowa last week, and said he has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which endorsed him.
“I’m proud to stand with the National GOP.
I would never vote for him because he is a racist,” Carson told the Des Moines Register.
“He has no regard for what’s right.
I don’t want to go against the party.
I am going to vote for the party that I feel is best for the country and I believe the best for me and the best of our party.”