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Carson defends Trump: Tape release a ‘scheme’ to cover for Clinton

Ben Carson on Saturday defended Donald Trump, saying that his lewd comments are “unacceptable” but claimed that the revelation is part of Hillary Clinton smear campaign.

{mosads}In a statement, Carson said he condemns the language Trump used in a video from 2005 that the Washington Post reported Friday, but questioned the timing of the news and added that Democrats may have more “material” to use against Trump.

“I feel fairly certain that the progressives have had knowledge of this conversation for a long time and dropped it at this point in time in an effort to obscure the release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her desire for open borders,” Carson said. 

“I believe that they have more material that they will release periodically up until the election to keep a negative focus on Donald Trump.”

Carson added that it is important to recognize the “scheme” being used to delegitimize Trump and said the race should instead focus on policy issues.

“We must demand not only that the issues be discussed but also that we make our decisions based on issues and not on personalities or decade old statements and behavior by Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump,” the former neurosurgeon said. 

“The political elites and their loyal media are desperate because they are seeing the large enthusiastic crowds for Donald Trump and the meager crowds for Hillary Clinton, and they know that there will be a huge enthusiasm gap on election day.”

The revelation of the 2005 Trump audio tape — in which Trump talks in explicit sexual terms about women — coincided with the release of new emails from Clinton’s server, as well as hacked emails from her campaign manager John Podesta that appear to include excerpts of her paid speeches. 

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