Election 2020

Carson to Evangelical Voters: 'By Their Fruit You Will Know Them'

Predicting “big surprises” in Iowa today, Ben Carson said evangelicals caucusing in Iowa should look at whether a candidate’s words match his actions.

An NBC poll released last week found that Donald Trump had 37 percent support of white evangelicals nationwide, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 20 percent and Carson at 11 percent.

“I just say to the evangelicals, as I say to everybody — and it comes from Jesus Christ himself — by their fruit you will know them,” Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, told MSNBC this morning. “You can tell from not what a person says but what do they do? What has their life shown? How do they treat other people? Those are the things that really tell you where the heart is.”

Asked if Trump meets that test, Carson replied, “Well, let me put it this way. Tomorrow morning this time, I want you to ask that same question to whoever you’re talking to, because I think there’s going to be some big surprises here.”

The pediatric neurosurgeon said he feels “a lot of people are shifting” their votes in the 11th hour before the Iowa caucuses.

“They’re moving. Because once they get a chance to actually hear me and I get a chance to answer their questions, they say, oh, right. That’s so different than what’s been portrayed,” Carson said.

“…Trump is doing what politicians do. Politicians do what is politically expedient. That’s why I will never be one. I will always do what’s right. People can always expect to hear the truth from me. They may not like it, but I’m not going to change.”

Carson attributed his slip in the polls to “an unprecedented concentration of attacks on my character because they couldn’t find any scandals — all of which have been debunked.”

“Anybody can go back and see that. And the terrorist attacks, both in this country and abroad, and the concept that a nice person who’s soft-spoken can’t be tough. You know, what a bunch of crap,” he said. “What you should do is go back and look at a person’s life. What have they accomplished? And I would be very happy to compare my accomplishments against anybody else who’s running.”