Ben Carson: My mother probably would have shot 'dishonest' reporters

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  • Ben Carson said his mother would have "shot some of the dishonest reporters"
  • The retired neurosurgeon and Donald Trump surrogate made the remarks on CBS Radio's "Brown and Scoop"

Washington (CNN)Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said his mother would have "shot some of the dishonest reporters" had she not been suffering from Alzheimer's disease during his campaign.

The retired neurosurgeon and Donald Trump surrogate discussed the presidential election Wednesday on CBS Radio's "Brown and Scoop," a sports and entertainment podcast hosted by Jake Brown and Brandon Robinson.
    "What would your mother have thought if she were alive to see you run for the White House?" host Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson asked Carson.
    "My mother's still alive, by the way," Carson replied. "She has Alzheimer's. She's not really cognizant of that, which is a good thing because my mother is really a fighter."
    "She probably would have taken a gun and gone out and shot some of the dishonest reporters," Carson said, laughing.
    "I'm glad we're the good guys," Robinson responded, laughing as well. "That was an honest answer, man. I dig that."
    Carson's campaign was at times marked by bitter feuding with the national news media and its scrutiny of his presidential bid. In November, he thanked a "biased media" for helping him fundraise.
    In speaking with Robinson, Carson also discussed his support for Trump while noting that the businessman's approach to politics is significantly different from his own.
    "I don't know that I would adopt his style, quite frankly, but his style resonates with a large number of people, largely because of where we are as a nation," he said.
    "That's certainly not who I am and I never will be that," Carson added. "But apparently, it's what the people need at this juncture."