Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has now snagged his second endorsement from his former competitors. Former pediatric neurosurgeon, who just dropped out of the Republican primary last week, endorsed Trump Friday.

Carson laid out why he is endorsing Trump:There is “a lot more alignment … spiritually that I ever would have though.”

“There are two different Donald Trumps. The one you see on the stage and the one who is very cerebral,” Carson added. “That’s the Donald Trump you’re going to start seeing someone right now.”

Carson also said he is opposed to efforts within the Republican Party to derail Trump’s candidacy.

“What I have seen recently is political operatives … trying to thwart the will of the people,” Carson said. “I want the political process to play out.”

Trump introduced Carson at his resort Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, saying, “Everybody wanted his endorsement.”

“Having his support totally gives credence to what I do,” Trump added.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the first former presidential candidate to back Trump after he left the race.

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Posted by Dr. Ben Carson on Friday, March 11, 2016

This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

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