Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed on Oct. 20 that the "power of God" was behind his campaign (video below).
Carson made his assertion during a broadcast of “Marcus and Joni” on the Christian-based Daystar Television Network, notes RightWingWatch.org.
Carson recalled how people urged him to run for president after he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast (in 2013), and "it never died down and it just kept building."
Carson said that he got boxes of petitions urging him to run, and added:
You know, the draft movement built and I finally said, "Lord, I don't particularly want to do this, it's not on my bucket list, but if you want me to do it, you open the doors and I'll walk through them and if you close the doors, I'll sit down."
And the doors began flying open, much to the consternation of all the professional class and all the pundits who said, "It's impossible, you can't possibly put together a national organization as a political neophyte, you don't know any of the people, there's no money. You can't do it, it's impossible, forget about it."
And yet, you see, it’s happening. And they don’t understand the power of God.
According to a report by Mother Jones in February, Vernon Robinson was the political director and a driving force behind the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Super PAC (now called the 2016 Committee).
The news site noted that Robinson is "a notorious, perennial candidate with a history of rabid anti-immigrant rhetoric," and "has repeatedly run unsuccessful campaigns for Congress. He calls himself 'the black Jesse Helms.'"
While Robinson has reportedly been behind numerous losing campaigns, including his own, he is very successful when it comes to fundraising.
Robinson's own campaign website is no longer online, but a cache from 2003 describes Democrats as "gun grabbers," "militant homosexuals," "environmental granolas," "globalists who worship at the altar of the United Nations," "pro-abortionist fanatics," "socialists posing as journalists and college professors," "racial agitators," "Hollywood elitists" and other right wing stereotypes.
The co-founder of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Super PAC was John Philip Sousa IV, who reportedly worked on a campaign to get controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio re-elected in 2012.
The Washington Post noted that Sousa wrote on his own website: “I am tired of pressing one for English, I am tired of looking for the English instructions on boxes …”