Ben Carson extolled Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday as "an extraordinary businessman, the right leader for a time such as this."
"I'm proud to support Donald Trump," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon told delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. "He understands that the blessings of this nation come with the responsibility to ensure that they are available to all, not just a privileged few.
"This is exemplified by his willingness to take on the establishment against all odds, to work on behalf of American interest, not his self-interest," Carson said.
He then bashed Democrat Hillary Clinton, citing her longtime admiration for the author and community organizer Saul Alinsky.
Clinton, a political science major at Wellesley College, wrote her senior thesis on Alinsky.
Carson said that Alinsky's 1971 book, "Rules for Radicals," acknowledges Lucifer, describing him as "the original radical who gained his own kingdom."
"This is our nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our Creator, a nation where our pledge of allegiance says we are 'one nation under God.'
"This is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallet says, 'In God we trust.'
"Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?" Carson asked. "The secular Progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation."
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