Ben Carson declares Trump most persecuted political figure, leaves VP door open

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday he believes Donald Trump to be the most persecuted political figure while refusing to rule out his potential status as the former president’s 2024 running mate.

Asked whether comparisons of Trump to recently deceased top Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny or former South African President Nelson Mandela were accurate, Carson said, “I think he’s been persecuted more than any political figure I remember in my lifetime, and probably before that.”

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump’s former Housing and Urban Development Secretary said his former boss is “being politically persecuted” due to his popularity among voters. “You’re taking away the right the people have to choose who they want,” he claimed.

During his speech at the American Conservative Union’s 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, Carson told the
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