Donald Trump on Thursday told Iowa’s voters that people who support Ben Carson are “stupid” to believe the “crap” that’s his life story, part of a stunning 95-minute tirade that contained his most aggressive assault yet on his closest competition.
The real-estate mogul’s pugnacious temperament was a stark departure from your far more held Trump on display at Tuesday’s debate, when while standing right next to him he declined to assault Carson. He criticized the retired neurosurgeon repeatedly, said Hillary Clinton is playing the “women’s card big league,” ridiculed Marco Rubio as “weak like a baby” and vowed to “blast the s*** outside of (ISIS).”
Toward the finish of his wide-ranging complaints Trump mocked Carson’s story about his violent temper, about competition and the country as a youth that was still only when he prayed to God and asked for deliverance, an occasion that a miracle is described as by Carson. That story of redemption has underpinned much of Carson’s support in the Hawkeye State.
At one point, Trump walked from the podium and flipped his belt buckle up and down to ridicule what Carson has described as a key event in his life: that Carson, as a boy, once tried but failed to stab someone just to possess the knife broken by means of a belt buckle.