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.
“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.”
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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.
“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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