Presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked Ben Carson Thursday during a 95-minute speech at an Iowa rally. Carson is Trump’s closest rival, and it’s looking like he’s getting scared.
At the beginning of the election, when Trump was far ahead of the competition and Carson didn’t look like a threat at all, Trump stated that he liked Ben Carson and had nothing bad to say about him. That’s because Carson wasn’t a threat at the time.
Obviously, that all changed as Carson began to creep up behind Trump in the polls, eventually gaining a one-point lead over the businessman and former NBC star. Now, Carson is receiving the brunt of Trumps vicious attack.
During this angry speech, Trump began to poke fun at Carson’s history.
“He wrote a book,” Trump said to a crowd at Central Community College. “And in the book he said terrible things about himself. He said that he’s pathological and that he’s got basically a pathological disease. Now he wrote this I guess before he was running for office or thought that he was running for office. And I don’t want a person that’s got pathological disease.”
This statement is referring to one line in Carson’s autobiography that stated, “I had what I only can label a pathological temper – a disease – and this sickness controlled me, making me totally irrational.”
The evidence of Carson’s former “pathological illness” can be read in Carson’s 1996 autobiography Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, which was later turned into a 2009 TV movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. It also came out again in Carson’s latest autobiography, A More Perfect Union.
Trump went on to explain that he didn’t believe the story of Carson preparing to stab someone as a kid, only to have it stopped by a belt buckle.
“So I have a belt,” Trump said to a laughing audience. “Somebody hits me with a belt, it’s going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way. He hit the belt buckle. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain’t gonna work.”
Shortly after this mocking tirade about Carson’s background, Trump made an attack on Iowa’s citizens.
“How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”
Carson and Trump are essentially tied in the Iowa polls, and this was another of Trump’s attempts to win back the crowd.
In a particularly base attack, Trump likened Carson to a child molester. This occurred first in a TV interview on CNN, and then Trump repeated what he said in the conversation at the Iowa rally.
He told the interviewer, “It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper…That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that… As an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”
Carson has been blasted lately by the media, and Trump is no doubt feeding off of that attention. Carson is being drug through the mud right now, but not everyone is buying the media’s story.
Carly Fiorina came to Carson’s rescue with a Facebook message jabbing at trump.
“Donald sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again,” Fiorina began. “You would know something about pathological. How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”
Though most of his political tirade was directed at Carson, Trump didn’t forget about Hillary Clinton, stating that the only political clout she has now is the fact that she’s the first women to get that close to the presidential primaries.
“She’s playing the woman card,” he stated. “That’s all she has. Honestly, outside of the woman’s card, she’s got nothing.”
Trump also decided to play up his knowledge about ISIS, saying that if he was in charge, he’d simply blow up ISIS-controlled areas rich in oil.
“I would just bomb those suckers,” he stated. “And I’d take the oil.”
Trump knows that voters frustrated with the lack of American action towards ISIS have been waiting to hear such talk, but it’s not necessarily that easy, and Trump knows it. Simply bombing ISIS would begin a mass war the United States isn’t ready to start based on the number of innocent casualties that would be involved.
These attacks are more evidence of Trump’s fear of Carson’s growing power. He’s grasping at things to say to gain popular favor. Donald Trump’s attack on Ben Carson shows just how much of a threat Carson is to his campaign.
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