Trump ques­tions Car­son’s ‘patho­log­i­cal tem­per’, faith

Real es­tate mogul slams GOP com­peti­tors

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

FORT DODGE, Iowa: Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, brush­ing aside any re­cent claims of ci­vil­ity, has equated Ben Car­son’s child­hood “patho­log­i­cal tem­per” to the ill­ness of a child molester, ques­tioned his re­li­gious awak­en­ing and be­rated vot­ers who sup­port him. “How stupid are the peo­ple of Iowa?” de­clared Trump dur­ing a rally at Iowa Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Col­lege. “How stupid are the peo­ple of the coun­try to be­lieve this crap?” For more than an hour and a half Thurs­day night, the bil­lion­aire real es­tate mogul harshly crit­i­cized not only Car­son, but many of his other com­peti­tors in the race for the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

In his free-wheel­ing ap­pear­ance, Trump also said Florida Sen Marco Ru­bio, who is ris­ing in the polls, was “weak like a baby, like a baby” and “not a good poker player be­cause ev­ery time he’s un­der pres­sure he starts to just pro­fusely sweat”. And he said for­mer Florida Gov Jeb Bush didn’t de­serve his at­ten­tion be­cause his cam­paign is do­ing so poorly. Trump ac­cused Demo­cratic fron­trun­ner Hilary Rod­ham Clin­ton, who is cam­paign­ing to be the first fe­male pres­i­dent, of “play­ing the woman’s card, big league”.

But his strong­est words, by far, were aimed at Car­son, whose pow­er­ful life story and soft-spo­ken de­meanor have cap­tured the at­ten­tion of many vot­ers. Trump, once the undis­puted poll leader, is now run­ning neck-and-neck with Car­son in many opin­ion sur­veys. Trump pre­viewed his at­tack line in an in­ter­view with CNN Thurs­day in which the businessman pointed to Car­son’s own de­scrip­tions of his “patho­log­i­cal tem­per” as a young man. “That’s a big prob­lem be­cause you don’t cure that,” Trump said. “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.” Trump also said that “patho­log­i­cal is a very se­ri­ous dis­ease.”

In his book “Gifted Hands,” Car­son de­scribed the un­con­trol­lable anger he felt at times while grow­ing up in in­ner-city Detroit. He wrote that on one oc­ca­sion he nearly punched his mother and on an­other he at­tempted to stab a friend with a knife. “I had what I only can la­bel a patho­log­i­cal tem­per - a dis­ease - and this sick­ness con­trolled me, making me to­tally ir­ra­tional,” Car­son said, in de­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent with his mother. He re­ferred to “patho­log­i­cal anger” again in telling about lung­ing at his friend, a knife blade break­ing off when it hit the boy’s belt buckle.

Car­son’s abil­ity to over­come his anger as well as an im­pov­er­ished child­hood to be­come a world-renowned neu­ro­sur­geon has been a cen­tral chap­ter in his per­sonal story. A spokesman for Car­son de­clined to com­ment on Trump’s re­marks. Dur­ing the rally Thurs­day night in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump said that Car­son is “an enigma to me”. He went on to re­peat the mo­lesta­tion anal­ogy with his com­ments about patho­log­i­cal tem­per, and he ques­tioned as­pects of Car­son’s bi­og­ra­phy. At one point, Trump acted out the scene of Car­son try­ing to stab his friend, lurch­ing for­ward dra­mat­i­cally. “He lunged that knife into the stom­ach of his friend, but, lo and be­hold, it hit the belt!” Trump de­clared. “Give me a break.”

In “Gifted Hands,” Car­son de­scribes rac­ing to the bath­room in his house af­ter the near-stab­bing in­ci­dent - and in time be­gin­ning to pray for God’s help in deal­ing with his tem­per. “Dur­ing those hours alone in the bath­room, some­thing hap­pened to me,” he wrote. “God heard my deep cries of an­guish. A feel­ing of light­ness flowed over me, and I knew a change of heart had taken place. I felt dif­fer­ent. I was dif­fer­ent.”

In ques­tion­ing Car­son’s re­li­gious awak­en­ing, Trump said in Fort Dodge that Car­son went into the bath­room and came 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,” Trump said. “Don’t be fools.” —AP

FORT DODGE, Iowa: Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump speaks to guests dur­ing a cam­paign stop at Iowa Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Thurs­day. —AFP

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