Hollywood is going to vote for Donald Trump, said Donald Trump this morning at a news conference.

Trump says his Hollywood pals have told him, “Everyone out there is voting for you, but they’re not going to admit it.”

“I say, ‘Why? Aren’t you proud? I have a tough stance on crime. I have a tough stance on borders.’ They all know I’m right. But they’re liberal people, and they don’t want to admit it.”

“But, you know what? They’re going to vote for Trump,” the GOP frontrunner boasted.

Donald Trump, Ben CarsonThe real estate mogul was speaking at a new conference officially announcing the endorsement of failed GOP candidate Ben Carson, though Trump had leaked this morning’s news while responding to a question at last night’s GOP debate in Miami.

Asked if he would participate in a planned March 21 debate in Salt Lake City, Trump responded, “What debate?”  He said he thought last night’s debate was “the next debate.” Reiterating his position that TV networks are making millions of dollars off of these debates and should be giving the money to wounded veterans, Trump said it’s time to knock off with the debates.

CNN, which has saturated its schedule with debates this election cycle, called Trump’s No More Debates statement a big announcement of the newser.

“He’s actually a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America,” Carson said of Trump at the press gathering at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, FL. “There’s two different Donald Trumps. There’s the one you see on stage and the one that’s very cerebral, sits there, and considers things very carefully.”

Trump said he wanted to involve Carson, who has said the pyramids in Egypt were built to store grain, in forging his administration’s education policy. When this morning’s announcement ceremony was over, political pundits declared Carson’s endorsement a new chapter in Trump’s campaign to position the candidate as an intellectual.

“Having his support, really, it just adds total credence to what I’m trying to do and to what we’re all trying to do,” Trump said as he introduced Carson.

Carson, meanwhile, said Ben Carson Donald Trumphe’s endorsing Trump because, “I’m interested in saving America.”

Asked if god played a part in his decision, the evangelical retired neurosurgeon said,  “I prayed about it a lot,” after which people with whom he had not spoken to in some time began calling him telling him, “I had a dream about you and Donald Trump.”

Carson told reporters he and Trump did not talk specifically about a role in Trump’s administration, other than being involved in helping formulate policies and “trying to Make America Great Again. That’s the real key. It is great, but nowhere near as great as it can be,” Carson clarified.

Carson’s endorsement follows those of Sarah Palin and Chris Christie, both of whom were trotted out for a few days, then seemed to be sent off into the sunset.