In front of a sizable gathering at the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, renowned conservative activist and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson supported President Donald J. Trump in his run for reelection in 2024 in Sioux City, Iowa.
He shared, “You know, Benjamin Franklin was asked in 1787 after they finished the Constitutional Convention, ‘Sir, what do we have here? A monarchy or a republic?’ He said, ‘A republic, IF you can keep it.’ The way we can keep it is we can put Donald J. Trump back in office!”
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This drew huge cheers and applause from the audience.
Dr. Carson continued, “And as I stand here today, I’m going to offer my most confident and full endorsement of Donald J. Trump.”
In 2016, Dr. Carson already entered the Republican presidential field. He was the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Trump administration.
On Sunday, he introduced the president as he ascended the stage, calling Trump both “his friend” and “America’s friend.” The crowd enthusiastically greeted the 45th president as the two men shook hands and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” played, which is Trump’s signature exit song.
Trump’s Sunday speech in Iowa brought his hectic weekend of campaigning to a close. He gave two remarks in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday. The first was to the Republican Jewish Coalition, and the second was to Team Trump at a Silver State Caucus Event.
But Iowa is the first state in the country to officially begin the primary election season; the fast-coming Iowa caucuses are scheduled for January 15.