Carson May Not Be in Trump’s Cabinet

Those who have been fearing the worst from the election of Donald Trump can take come comfort from this headline which appears in the Washington Post: Ben Carson is unlikely to serve in Trump’s Cabinet. Their story already has over 150 comments. Here are some excerpts from the news, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has been a confidant to President-elect Donald Trump since the end of the Republican primaries, is unlikely to join the administration but will remain an informal adviser. “The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,” Carson said in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post. “I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”

As you know, Carson is a creationist, and a great deal of the wailing about Trump’s election was because of anticipation that people like Carson would be prominent in Trump’s administration. Here’s one more excerpt:

Carson said he has made his decision clear to Trump in several private conversations in recent days. “I’ve said that if it came to a point where he absolutely needs me, I’d reconsider. But I don’t think that’s the situation with these positions,” he said. “My view is that if some people and the media are going to hate him, then he’s going to need allies on the outside to be there, to be there to move the country forward. I don’t care about a position.”

That’s pretty much the whole story. We know there are other concerns about Trump, but it looks like at least one of those fears will not come to pass. Oh, wait — the Washington Post also says:

Williams [Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager] said that Carson will continue to work with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on the transition and to share policy and personnel suggestions.

Aha — those who fear the worst can continue to worry that Carson will be working behind the scenes to load up the administration with creationists. We don’t think that will happen, but we’ll find out soon enough.

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7 responses to “Carson May Not Be in Trump’s Cabinet

  1. You mean “more creationists” in that last paragraph, surely.

  2. Carson said he didn’t have the knowledge or experience to run a federal agency, yet he ran for President. Funny if it weren’t so sad.

  3. “I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”

    I mean, as Secretary of Education, he’d have no input on the building of pyramidal grain storage units across the Great Plains!

  4. We know there are other concerns about Trump

    That has got to be one of history’s greatest understatements. The fact that his denial of climate science is likely to devastate our civilization is just some “other concern”?

  5. A friend and I were discussing Carson as head of HHS, and he opined: “Wouldn’t it be great to have a head of HHS who doesn’t accept evolution theory? Think of the savings: no need to fund research on model organisms because they have no relationship to human structure or function; no research on the evolution of antibiotic resistance – God just set things up that way, and He made microbes nasty; no clinical trials, just relatively inexpensive prayer (unless it happens via a TV evangelist, in which case there’s a cost for the blessed prayer cloth). I can’t wait!”

  6. Like Realthog I only will be comforted if Trump will ask bona fide climate scientists to participate in his administration. Until then I’ll remind you, my dear SC, that you have voted someone hostile to science into the White House – a branch of antiscience far more dangerous than creacrap.

  7. Even if Trump appointed an atheist there are plenty of other reasons to be afraid and concerned. Remember, there are 4000 jobs he needs to fill. I heard Sarah Palin mentioned as possible Sec. of Interior. If that doesn’t scare you then I don’t know what else to tell you.