As two recent Iowa polls put Dr. Ben Carson in the top spot among Republican presidential candidates, fellow front-runner Donald Trump unleashed his most vicious attack on his closest rival during a rally Thursday evening in that state. While Trump criticized virtually every GOP candidate, he reserved the most vitriolic rhetoric for Carson.
The billionaire openly mocked much of Carson’s life story, which includes a violent childhood and subsequent reformation through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Trump suggested such a turnaround is impossible:
If you’re pathological, there’s no cure for that. If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you.
He then went on to insist that much of Carson’s autobiography is implausible, criticizing voters in the very state from which he spoke of being stupid for believing anything the retired neurologist says.
Give me a break. How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe that crap?
According to Carson rep Armstrong Williams, Carson heard Trump’s rant and offered a simple reaction:
When I spoke with Dr. Carson about this yesterday how we should respond, you know he was so sad about it. He said, ‘Pray for him.’
Williams went on to say that Carson “feels sorry for” and “really likes” Trump, adding:
To see him just imploding before our very eyes, it’s just sad to watch.