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Dr. Ben Carson speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention.
Dr. Ben Carson speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention. (Olivier Douliery / TNS)

Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson delivered a scathing assessment of Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, criticizing her ties to community organizer Saul Alinsky.

In an address that noted his "career ... studying and operating on the brain," the former Marylander sounded familiar themes about resisting political narratives espoused by the media or political elite.

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Carson also suggested Clinton was an avid follower of Alinsky, and that Alinsky once suggested in his book, Rules for Radicals, that Lucifer was "the very first radical."

Alinsky, who died in 1972, is a favorite target for conservatives to pin on Democrats -- and Republicans also sought to tie Barack Obama to him in 2008.

Carson specifically pointed to the open seat on the Supreme Court, arguing that Clinton would appoint a liberal that could shift the balance of power.

"It is not about Donald Trump, it is not about me, it is about we the people," Carson said. "Now is the time for us to rise up and take America back."

Carson, who now lives in Florida, ended his bid for the GOP nomination in March and quickly embraced Donald Trump. He briefly helped the Trump campaign vet vice presidential candidates.

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