Days after saying he saw “no way forward” for his campaign, Ben Carson has actually ended his bid to become US President.
The retired neurosurgeon, who has made a string of anti-LGBT comments, made the announcement in a statement on his website earlier in the week, saying he did not see how his campaign could continue.
Carson, who has previously said LGBT people caused the fall of Rome, announced he was dropping out on Friday.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “I’m leaving the campaign trail.”
He is expected to make an endorsement of another candidate in the Republican race, but has not yet done so.
Carson has made a stunning number of homophobic and transphobic statements as he has campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination, including saying that transgender people in the millitary would be a “distraction” and a “social experiment” that the millitary did not need.
He has also stated that he would consider reintroducing don’t ask don’t tell and that he thinks that LGBT people caused the fall of Rome.
Carson has repeatedly been forced to apologise when caught making overtly homophobic comments – apologising after he was caught comparing gay people to paedophiles, and again apologising after he was caught claiming that prisons ‘prove’ being gay is a choice.
His repeated humiliations have not dissuaded him, however – just last year he compared gay couples to conjoined twins.