Ben Carson’s GOP debate ‘fruit salad’ comment goes viral

Ben Carson’s GOP debate ‘fruit salad’ comment goes viral

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When life gives him lemons, Ben Carson tosses fruit salad.

The Internet devoured a tasty — if incomprehensible — talking point from the struggling Republican presidential candidate during Thursday’s GOP debate after he was asked how he would select a Supreme Court nominee to fill late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat.

“As president, I would go and look at what a person’s life has been. What have they done in the past? What kind of judgments have they made? What kind of associations do they have?” Carson began during a rare moment in which he could be heard above a three-way shoutmatch between GOP opponents Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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“That will tell you a lot more than an interview will,” he added before dropping the now-viral citrus bomb. “The fruit salad of their life is what I would look at.”

Ben Carson snatches a rare opportunity to speak during the final GOP debate in Houston, Tex., on Thursday ...MIKE STONE/REUTERS

Ben Carson snatches a rare opportunity to speak during the final GOP debate in Houston, Tex., on Thursday …

The “fruit salad” zinger quickly went viral, with social media users cluttering the Internet with an orgy melon, pineapple and banana salads as well as a delicious rush of fruit-based GIFs.

“This debate is runing the fruit salad of my evening,” tweeted the political reporter Matt Taibbi.

... and says he would look at the "fruit salad" of any potential Supreme Court nominee's life as he sought a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

… and says he would look at the “fruit salad” of any potential Supreme Court nominee’s life as he sought a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I think I’ll start judging everybody by THE FRUIT SALAD OF THEIR LIFE,” tweeted @whimsyandspice. “I mean that’s just pure poetry.”

The word salad was one of the two-hour debate’s few light moments as Trump, Cruz and Rubio duked it out during the invective-filled final forum before Super Tuesday on March 1, when a dozen contests across the U.S. put up for grabs more than half of the delegates who choose their nominee.

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