Dr. Ben Carson has an interesting recipe for selecting a Supreme Court nominee—fruit salad.
When answering how he would choose his nominee, if he was elected president, the former neurosurgeon described an unusual selection process.
“I would go through and I would 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? That will tell you a lot more than an interview will tell you,” Carson said. “The fruit salad of their life is what I will look at.”
Carson could be referencing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, a collection of sayings and teachings from the bible. He has previously invoked the sermon when calling on Sen. Ted Cruz to fire his staffers after the “dirty tricks” incident at the Iowa Caucuses.
“I’m talking about what everybody does,” Carson said at the time. “By their fruit you will know them. That was the Sermon on the Mount. And it was in the context when Jesus said there are some people who aren’t what they seem to be, who say one thing and do another. But you can always tell who they are by their fruit.”
The fruit salad remarks were extremely popular on social media, trending nationally on Twitter with some 20,000 tweets about fruit salad in an hour, according to social platform Spredfast.
There’s even an account called Fruit Salad of Life.