Updated March 10, 6:20 p.m. PT: During Thursday night’s Republican Presidential Debate on CNN, Donald Trump confirmed that Carson will be endorsing him on Friday.
Donald Trump, your fruit salad is ready.
Former presidential hopeful Ben Carson will endorse GOP frontrunner Trump as soon as Friday. Trump has a press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. ET in Palm Beach, Florida, where Carson will publicly endorse the real estate mogul, according to The Washington Post.
The retired neurosurgeon ended his White House campaign last week after failing to win a single primary contest.
Carson is well respected within the evangelical community and becomes the second former Republican presidential candidate to officially back Trump. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a surprising endorsement of the GOP frontrunner last month and has been by Trump’s side at some campaign events.
Carson looked like a potential frontrunner early on in the campaign, even overtaking Trump in the polls at one point last year. He failed to pick up steam, however, and was often mocked for looking tired and exhibiting an extremely calm demeanor.
Carson could end up being remembered as the candidate who had millions of viewers scratching their heads in confusion when he pulled out the phrase “the fruit salad of their life” as he reflected on potential Supreme Court nominations.