Carson’s comeback to Trump’s insults: ‘Pray for him’

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump speaks as Carson looks on at the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks as rival candidate Dr. Ben Carson (R) looks on at the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

November 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump after the real-estate mogul and television personality, in a 95-minute rant in Iowa, likened him to a child molester, Carson’s business manager said on Friday.

“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.” He feels sorry for him because he really likes Mr. Trump,” Armstrong Williams, who often acts as Carson’s surrogate in the media, told CNN.

“To see him just imploding before our very eyes – it’s just sad to watch,” Williams said.

Speaking in Iowa on Thursday evening, Trump, a leading contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, cast doubt on Carson’s oft-reported story of lunging at someone with a hunting knife as a child, an episode Carson says led him to his Christian faith.

A retired neurosurgeon, Carson has emerged as the main challenger to Trump’s top position in national polls and popularity in early deciding states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found 31 percent of Republicans favored Trump. Carson followed at 18 percent.

“Give me a break,” Trump said in his Thursday speech, where he also lashed out at other Republican candidates and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe that crap?”

He said the incident showed Carson had a “pathological” temper.

“If you’re pathological, there’s no cure for that,” Trump said. “If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you.”

Carson has said his intended stabbing victim’s belt buckle blocked his knife, a detail Trump singled out in his rant.

“Lo and behold! It hit the belt. It hit the belt and the knife broke,” Trump said mockingly.

Other Republican candidates came to Carson’s defense early Friday and slammed Trump for his controversial plans on foreign policy and immigration.

“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,” candidate Carly Fiorina wrote on Facebook.

Republican candidate Lindsey Graham called Carson a “good, decent man,” and said of Trump: “I think he melted down last night.”

“He has no clue what he’s talking about,” Graham, a South Carolina senator, said on Fox News. “Over time, that will take a toll – I hope.”

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Additional reporting by Megan Cassella; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

  • Ken Sears

    There is a difference between a drug-induced state of mind that briefly affords an exhilarating, superficially gratifying rush, and a cogent, incisive train of thought that leads to the sustained realization of enduring benefits to mankind.
    Mr. Trump appears to be a drug. And it looks like he knows the fixes are losing their kick, so he’s upping the score.
    But that is a game that never ends well.

  • TP

    While Trump acts like a politician in trouble and Carson works him, remember that Ted Cruz is the only true Conservative
    in the race.

  • Kurtmandoo

    ALL the others are backed by special interest groups. Trump is taking a huge pay-cut to do this job. Who else can say that?

    • Mixxy

      Trump’s whining like his diaper is wet won’t work when negotiating with Putin. Putin won’t care if the Donald gets a diaper rash.

  • Kurtmandoo

    Addendum: Carson is a puppet of special interest groups.

  • Kurtmandoo

    No, he’s right about Carson. Think about it. It was Carson that wrote those things in his book. Do you want a person with pathological disease, ( Carson’s words),as president? He was questioning why Carson has such high poll numbers with the past that he’s had,…and he didn’t have a multi-million dollar inheritance Carly, he borrowed $1 million from his dad, and paid it back with interest. It’s politics folks,…you have to take out your rivals at some point.

  • Rosina Pascual

    If I wanted to vote for Trump I won’t now. His repeated childlike attacks on his opponents shows me
    he can not lead our country because he has no diplomatic ability. That is important in our leaders. He acts like a 10 year old. I don’t care how rich he is, he is still a child. I will vote for a grown up person.

  • Mixxy

    Nice comeback by Carson. When you say to pray for somebody in that tone of voice, it’s sort of the equivalent of when we in the South say, “Bless his heart.”

  • gb

    Trump just continues to go about things the wrong way. He needs to be a diplomat and not think his way is the only way. This attitude, although welcome and appreciated, won’t appeal to the masses.

    • Nate Remo

      Totally agree. I’m a big fan of DT and I love the traction he is getting, but I fear that if he doesn’t massage his campaign to appeal to a wider audience he’ll never get the nomination, much less win the general. He is a non-traditional candidate and a real breath of fresh air in politics, but he’s going to have to cast a much wider net if he wants to make it to the Oval Office.

      TRUMP 2016