Ben Carson Says You Need Experience To Run Things

The retired neurosurgeon said he wasn't politically experienced enough to be involved in the incumbent government

Nov 15, 2016 at 5:13 PM ET

Dr. Ben Carson, the sleepy-eyed retired neurosurgeon who charmed a portion of the Republican electorate during his brief presidential run, has said that he will not accept a position on President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet — because Carson lacks experience. The irony was not lost on internet users, who spent most of Tuesday teasing Carson over his (lack of) logic.

According to The Hill, Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager and close friend, said Carson would only serve as an “unofficial adviser” on Trump’s administration. “Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams said. “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”

As one of Trump’s first big-ticket advocates, Carson was thought to be considered for the agency in charge of reforming Obamacare. His name was also floating around for the secretary of education position.

Carson’s name was one of Tuesday’s top Twitter trends, and many users weighed in on both his decision to sidestep Trump’s cabinet as well as his motives for doing so.

Trump’s transition into the White House has been anything but smooth. In addition to many decrying the naming of Steve Bannon, the head of right-wing news site Breitbart and a white nationalist hero, as the head of his transition team, many others have walked away from planning the next president’s cabinet. It also seems that Trump was “unaware” he’d have to replace President Barack Obama’s West Wing staff once in the White House, as well.

Here’s to hoping our next president gets the hang of this whole “Leader of the Free World” thing sooner or later.