Ben Carson Offers Explanation for His Supreme Court ‘Fruit Salad’ Statement


By Angela Wills

Ben Carson has found himself in a fickle or two during his trek on the campaign trail and although he charged a couple of the “errors in judgement” to his campaign team, there was a recent statement made by Carson himself that left a few people scratching their heads.

Carson was asked how he would choose the next Supreme Court justice.

His response, “As president, I will go through and I will look at what a person’s life has been. That will tell you a lot more than an interview will tell you. The fruit salad of their life is what I will look at.”

Needless to say, Twitter spiraled out of control with posts regarding Carson’s somewhat “fruity” reply. Following the debate, which took place at the University of Houston, Carson offered an explanation to ABC News’ Josh Haskell of what he meant by his response.

Carson explained, “There’s a verse in the Bible that says, ‘by their fruit, you will know them.’ So, obviously, you know, how they live their lives, what it produces, that the fruit salad of their life.”

Ben Carson didn’t speak too much during the CNN/Telemundo Republican presidential debate on Thursday night, but it’s fair to say that when he did, people listened. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has fallen behind in the campaign trail since his decline in the polls during the fall. He definitely got some attention when he shared the method he would use to select a Supreme Court judge, similar to the time he made known the significance of his hands.

Carson holds last place in the GOP and in his closing statements, encouraged voters to consider the type of leader they wanted and the type of person they desired their children to emulate. His focus then shifted to his hands.

Carson said, “Secondly, several years ago, a movie was made about these hands. These hands by the grace of God have saved many lives and healed many families. And I’m asking you tonight, America, to join hands with me to heal, inspire and revive America. If not us, who? And if not now, when?”

Although the comments regarding his hands may have appeared a bit odd, they were better understood by many because of his history of medical greatness and the movie that reflected such.