Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said last week said he's praying that President Donald Trump won't be a “total disaster.”

After a weak showing on Super Tuesday, Carson hinted that his campaign for the White House is over, saying that he sees no path to becoming the GOP presidential nominee.

Days before he made that statement, Carson attended the National Religious Broadcasters convention, where he told radio host Eric Metaxas that a President Trump “may not be the total disaster that we anticipate if he's willing to get the right kind of people to help.”

“Let's pray that it can work,” Carson said. “If we end up in a situation where we have a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, that's a horrible situation to be in. But if that does turn out to be the case, I would go with the Donald over Hillary. I hope we don't get to that situation.”

Later in the conversation, he reiterated his opposition to the Supreme Court's June, 2015 finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry, saying that it was “way out of whack” and that as president he “would really encourage them to come up with legislation that protects the livelihood and the freedom of people who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. There's no reason that those people should be persecuted in our society.”

“I know fully what they're doing,” he added, “but that's because I do a lot reading. I read conspiracy books. I read all kinds of books. I also read communist books and socialist books and I know about some of these plans that they have.”