WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 – Armstrong Williams, a media pundit and D.C. insider, regularly and assuredly offers his “expert” opinion on Dr. Ben Carson’s character, campaign and proposed policies. He often speaks as if Dr. Carson approved his comments, even when Williams’ opinion directly contradicts Carson’s own words.
Yet his message often contradicts the words of the candidate.
Does friendship automatically allow a party the privilege to speak for another?
Carson assures the American people he is in the presidential race until the end or when “God closes the door.” He tells the media that in spite of the recent primaries he is “only just beginning” and “not going anywhere.”
His supporters are relying on this pledge, depending on it to fuel their efforts to propel Carson to the White House.
Carson responded very clearly to the lies spread in Iowa regarding his non-existent “decision” to suspend his campaign. He asked the media why he would quit when thousands of supporters and volunteers had worked so hard for him, when one of these good people even died on the campaign trail.
Why plan to quit sometime between Iowa and the day after Super Tuesday? Why would he blatantly contradict all of his past promises? Carson’s honesty and reliability are just two of his many highly commendable traits. He does not lie.
Williams apparently does not speak to Carson prior to making his increasingly frequent contradictory statements about Carson and his campaign.
Nor does Williams seem to give much thought to the implications or consequences of his outspokenness. When Williams told Breitbart News executive chairman and Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon, “He [Carson] just feels he’s going to stay in the race until he decides — not the media, not the political establishment, and not his adversaries — for him to drop out,” Williams implied Carson remains in the race merely to avoid the appearance of media pressure forcing him to quit.
Williams continued, “But still, that will be his decision… When he does make that decision, it will be with joy. It will be with pride. It will be with no regrets.”
Williams ended the interview by saying, “He will come to the conclusion that it’s time to move on. And that will happen sooner rather than later.”
It is one thing for Williams to form opinions regarding his friend’s campaign. It is quite dishonest to share those opinions publicly and to suggest they come directly from in-depth conversation with the candidate himself. Even the dishonesty and deception contradict everything Carson advocates.
Not only does Williams’ behavior reek of self-importance, it is also inconsiderate and disrespectful not only toward a supposed friend, but also to a man internationally recognized for his intellect, character and faith.
A man millions of people hope will be their president.
Until it comes directly from Dr. Carson, it is not true.
Just as campaign volunteers have worked tirelessly for Carson, he has worked harder for America. We owe our loyalty to him, not to Armstrong Williams.