The media is concentrating on "dissecting every little word, every little comma" GOP nominee Donald Trump uses in hopes of hiding Hillary Clinton's problems from the public, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Saturday.
"Obviously, it's been done for a purpose," the former GOP presidential candidate, who became a key supporter of Trump's once he dropped his own bid, told Fox News. "The purpose is to keep the subject as Donald Trump so you don't have to talk about Hillary Clinton, because her shortcomings are incredible."
If the media would just "spend a little bit of equal time here looking at the negatives and the positives, that would be great, but even more importantly, if they would talk about the real issues," Carson continued. "Our country is in great trouble economically. You know, we're approaching $20 trillion and an even bigger fiscal gap. We've got all kinds of infrastructure problems. Our school systems. Not to mention radical Islamic terrorism. I mean, these are the big issues that we should be talking about."
Carson also discussed the push being made by the Clinton camp for Trump to release his tax returns, now that she has gone public with her return, which shows more than a million dollars going into the Clinton Foundation.
"Obviously there's a lot of things that are being hidden there, a lot of relationships that are not above board between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department," Carson said. "Why in the world would someone delete 33,000 e-mails? Obviously you don't want people to be able to see what's going on. Some of the ones that have been recovered have shown a light on what's going on, and brought it to a point where it's even more suspicious."
Trump, meanwhile, has said his tax returns are under audit and he would release them once that process is finished, said Carson.
"There's no requirement to release those," said Carson. "In fact, when you decide that you're going to run for president, you have to submit a financial disclosure which really is much more detailed than a tax return. That information is already available for people to see."
Also, said Carson, Trump's lawyers are advising him not to release the tax returns, and "most of us listen to our legal counsel."
Carson also wants to know why there is "no interest in the things that Hillary Clinton has hidden" or in the "hidden records" of Barack Obama when he was running.
"Why was the press willing to just say, 'OK, you can hide your academic records?'" said Carson. "Obviously there's something there you don't want us to see. But it's OK. It's fine. The double standard is just incredible."
Carson, though, admitted that it bothers him that party unity seems to be in trouble in some areas, and he wishes people were able to look at the "big picture."
"What those people don't understand, they think, well, even if Hillary gets in, you know, it's four years or maybe eight years at the worst, and we're back in the ball game," said Carson. "That's not true. Things will have changed significantly by populating the federal court system with, you know, progressives and the Supreme Court with progressives. It will last for a much longer time than they're thinking. And we may never be able to recover."
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