Carson: 'We’re only looking at four years’ if Trump’s a bust

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Ben Carson on late Monday argued that the worst possible outcome of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump gives Lester Holt a C grade for debate Trump camp talking points: Mention Monica Lewinsky Trump floats theory that Google suppresses negative news on Clinton MORE lacking the right skills for a quality presidency is a single, four-year term under the billionaire.

“The way I look at it, even if Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president — which I don’t think is the case, I think he’s going to surround himself with really good people — but even if he didn’t, we’re only looking at four years,” the former GOP presidential candidate said on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show." "Opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever.”

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Carson also urged establishment Republicans against blocking Trump from their party’s presidential nomination, arguing the alternative is infinitely worse.

“If we go to a system where we have a brokered convention or something that thwarts the will of the people, the Republican Party will be so fractured that there is no way, I don’t care who you put in there, that we’re going to win,” he said of the GOP presidential convention in Cleveland in July. "And not only are we not going to win the presidency, but we’re probably going to lose the Senate.

“Now we’re going to have a situation where the progressives get two to four more Supreme Court picks, and we will have lost big time,” the retired neurosurgeon added. "The reason that I’m choosing Trump is that I’m a big picture guy. I recognize that he’s bringing in a lot of people who were not interested in coming in before.”

Carson additionally slammed the wave of protests and related violence besetting the Republican presidential front-runner since last Friday.

“I think we stand up vigorously and say, ‘This is un-American, what you’re trying to do by trying to suppress someone else’s ability to speak is not according to our Constitution and in particular our Bill of Rights,'” he said of protesters.

“[We need] to say this forcefully, and this needs to come from multiple sources. I think the Democrats need to be saying this too. This is, as far as I’m concerned, not a partisan issue.”

Carson endorsed Trump last Friday, surprising political pundits after their at times heated battle for the GOP presidential nomination. The former doctor formally ended his own White House run earlier this month after disappointing results in Super Tuesday’s voting contests.