Ben Carson has seen his campaign suffer since the start of the year.
The one-time No. 2 polling candidate finds himself slouched back to No. 4 with just 10 percent of the vote, and whatever happens in Iowa this week will be a good indication as to whether he can expect improvements ahead or more of the same.
But that does not mean he’s giving up, as evidenced in a recent swipe that he took at Donald Trump, whom many believe rose to prominence by being the “anti” politician.
Trump himself even said he “hated” thinking of himself as a politician because “I’m not” at a rally that aired online opposite last week’s GOP debate.
Tell that to Ben Carson, though, and he would disagree. In recent comments to CBN’s David Brody, he had this to say.
“He [Trump] says he’s not a politician, but he is…. He does whatever is politically expedient in order to elevate himself. And I don’t blame him. I don’t blame any of the politicians. That’s what they do.”
Ben Carson also pointed out that Trump has had nothing but nice things to say about him “as long as I’m not close to him in the polls.” You can check out the exchange with Brody in the interview below.
As to the question Ben Carson raises about Trump, is he really a politician masquerading as something different?
It’s hard to argue with Carson’s reasoning on this, but there has been something unique about “the Donald” from the beginning.
For starters, he has made a lot of high-profile enemies over the years — Rosie O’Donnell, Barack Obama, Roger Ailes, to name a few — saying things that would sink most politicians.
When Mitt Romney, a politician who actually doesn’t deny it, said that 47 percent of the country would vote for Obama no matter what because they were too addicted to entitlements, it sunk him.
Trump, however, has said some way worse things than that. These are some of his “nicer” insults.
Perhaps the best example of Trump doing something that would sink a normal politician would be how he handled his feud with Megyn Kelly following the first GOP debate.
When Kelly asked him about calling some women he did not like “disgusting” and “fat pigs” as a precursor to questions as to whether he’s a misogynist, Trump gave a three-word response that boosted his lead over the crowded GOP primary field.
Something that Kelly said in her question illustrates why many find Ben Carson wrong in attesting that Trump is a “typical politician.”
“You don’t use a politician’s filter,” Kelly said. That point is what has kept him the GOP frontrunner and allowed him to pull away from guys like Ben Carson.
Politician or not, Trump has tapped into the anger and frustration of a large portion of Americans. By oftentimes throwing tact out the door, he has spoken like a man “of the people.”
Whether those people follow him to the polls and show their support as voters remains to be seen, but more will be known after this week’s Iowa Caucuses.
In the meantime, it’s wise for Ben Carson to attack the frontrunner on this basis. Carson is the only other serious candidate in the GOP race widely considered a non-politician.
By bringing the conversation back to Trump saying things “just to get elected,” he is setting himself apart as the only non-politician in the race.
But what do you think, readers?
Will it be enough for Ben Carson to call Trump out on it, or is this election already too far gone? Sound off in the comments section below.