Ben Carson, who served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former Republican President Donald Trump, was challenged by CNN host Abby Phillip for his endorsement of Trump in a recent interview.
The retired neurosurgeon and GOP politician ran for president in the 2016 Republican primaries and then served in Trump's Administration.
He recently became one of the few former Trump cabinet members to endorse Trump in 2024.
Carson appeared on CNN to discuss his endorsement of the GOP frontrunner and was asked to weigh in on Trump's repeated calls for the termination of the Constitution as part of his big lie about a rigged 2020 election.
Phillip asked Carson:
"Trump has openly mused on his social media platform [Truth Social] about terminating the constitution."
"How does that factor into defending American democracy?"
"Well, I think you have to look at the context of what things were said, how they were said, and which parts of the constitution are you talking about."
Phillip pressed him to be specific about his vague response.
"Are there any parts of the constitution that need to be terminated?"
"There are no parts of it that should be terminated, but they need to go well interpreted."
"They need to be looked at in the right way. For instance, people trying to bear arms."
"You know, they said that part should be terminated. That's not true."
You can watch the segment here.
People answered on behalf of the former HUD Secretary after his meandering response defending Trump.
Carson said strong arguments can be made and he suggested that we, as a nation, have to acknowledge that "we have some very major differences."
"We have one group of individuals who feels that our government–that our country–should be people-centric, and we have another group that feels it should be government-centric."
"They need to be able to sit down at the table, put the facts in the middle of the table and resolve their differences."
Carson endorsed Trump in front of attendees at a rally in Iowa over the weekend and referred to him as “my friend and your friend, and a friend of America.”
Carson told the crowd:
“Donald Trump believes in our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to keep and bear arms so we can fix our country, and we can make America great again."
"And President Donald J. Trump is the person to do that.”
Trump faced rebuke from both parties last December when he called for the termination of the Constitution as part of his false claim that the 2020 election results were stolen.
He told his MAGA followers on Truth Social:
“Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?"
"A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution."
“Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”