This is clearly getting out of hand. Dr. Carson is not an enemy of Mr. Trump. Clearly Dr. Carson was redeemed by Jesus. Clearly Mr. Trump doesn’t understand how that can happen.
Jesus challenges us:
“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.” Matthew 5:21-22 The Message (MSG)
Dr. Ben Carson
Using the starkest of terms, a physical re-enactment, and no small amount of showmanship, Trump blasted Carson, his violent past (from more than 40 years ago), his mental stability, and even the sincerity of his religious conversion:
So I have a belt … Somebody [tries to stab me] me with a belt, [the knife is] going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way. [Carson] hit the belt buckle [with the knife]. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain’t gonna work. You’re going to be successful, but he took the knife and went like this and he plunged it into the belt and, amazing, the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke.
Trump then questioned whether or not Carson could ever truly be cured by what Carson himself has described as a “pathological” temper. Trump compared Carson’s pathology to that of a child molester:
That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that. That’s like, you know, I could say, they say you don’t cure — as an example, child molester. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure the child molester.
In his biography, Carson has written about finding God after one of his violent outbursts, and doing so while sitting alone for hours in a bathroom. Trump wasn’t buying it, and appeared to attack as “fools” and “stupid” voters who have, specifically Iowa voters:
He goes into a bathroom, comes out and now he’s religious. … And the people of Iowa believe him. Give me a break. Give me a break. It doesn’t happen that way. Don’t be fools. …
How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?
And this on the media and how he feels about the campaign right now.
“I may leave here and you may say oh that was not nice what he said. Who cares? Then, you know, I go back to my life, I don’t have to do interviews, which I don’t like doing to be honest with you. I can leave this scum back here, the press, alone, I don’t need ’em anymore. They’re garbage, no they’re scum. I don’t have to deal with ’em anymore.”
Carson’s first response was to ask people to pray for Trump. Now this from South Carolina this morning.
Republican presidential contender Ben Carson is firing back at Donald Trump this morning, responding to Trump’s attacks on Carson’s “pathological stories” by saying the New York real estate mogul needs to learn the definition of pathological.
“It’s not the kind of dialogue that I would ever engage in,” Carson said in a news conference in Greenville, South Carolina, today. “I’m hopeful maybe his [Trump’s] advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and recognize that that does not denote incurable.
“It’s not the same. It simply is an adjective that describes something that is highly abnormal. And something that, fortunately, I have been able to be delivered from for half a century,” he said of his escaping a violent past.
Still, Carson took a much more subdued approach than Trump, insisting that he would not engage in personal attacks and does not “have to get into it.”
“The wonderful thing is, it’s not really up to me. It’s up to the people,” Carson, 64, said. “They will listen and they will be able to make a decision about whether they want to listen to the usual politics of personal destruction or whether they want to deal with something better.”