March 24, 2016 04:25 PM

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson was put on the hot seat Thursday when he appeared on The View to explain his endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

Initially asked by cohost Whoopi Goldberg why he supported the Republican front-runner, Carson explained, “When I dropped out, my first choice went with me.” Goldberg then bluntly questioned Carson’s decision.

“You have aligned yourself with a man who has bashed women, made countless racist remarks and you’re Ben Carson, why would you align yourself with that?” she asked.

“You have to look at the good and the bad,” Carson replied. “There is no perfect person.”

The cohosts continued to berate Carson for his endorsement even as the neurosurgeon commended Trump on his relationship with employees and the upbringing of his children. Said Goldberg, “You’re so much better than this.”

Ben Carson (left) and Donald Trump
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Carson did say that he does not condone Trump’s recent criticism of rival Ted Cruz’s wife’s appearance and insists he wasn’t promised a role in Trump’s administration for his support. “Nor would I accept anything,” he said, adding that the barbs are a reality of present day politics.

“When you’re very nice, respectful, you talk about the real issues and not get into all these issues, where does it get you?” he said. “It gets you where it got me, nowhere.”

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