Donald Trump isn’t taking news of his drop to second place in Iowa well. Predictably, he’s attacking Ben Carson, the man who’s leading him in Iowa, with the same tired complaints that he’s used against Jeb Bush.
Speaking in Florida, Trump said “I love Iowa and I honestly think those polls are wrong.” Mr. Trump is reacting to this tweet, which was first posted by Nicolas R-V. The text of the original tweet reads “#BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa… Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? @realDonaldTrump #GOP”
After Iowans started taking offense with both the tweet and retweet, Mr. Trump personally posted this tweet, saying “The young intern who accidentally did a Retweet apologizes.”
What’s trouble for the Trump campaign is that the intern is fighting back, saying “As an intern for the internal headquarter campaign, we do not manage or in that case have any access to Mr. Trump’s personal Twitter,” said Garrison Groeschke, whose personal site and LinkedIn list him as a 2016 intern. “From my understanding and what I’ve been informed of by my superiors is that Mr. Trump’s tweets and Twitter responses are done by him personally. All email accounts, however, associated and endorsed by the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign are managed by interns and other associates within the organization.”
Part of Mr. Trump’s routine when he’s called into programs has been to tout the fact that he’s got huge leads in all the polls. It’s his way of reminding everyone that he’s the dominant player in the race. It’s Mr. Trump’s way of suggesting that his winning the nomination is inevitable, just not official yet.
Trump’s attack continued:
Trump Falls to 2nd Place in Iowa Behind Ben Carson. We Informed Carson But He Was Sleeping. Ben Carson is leading Iowa supposedly. Ben Carson is super low energy. We need tremendous energy.
Attacking Ben Carson was totally predictable, though it disproves Trump’s claim that he only attacks other candidate if they attack him first. Dr. Carson didn’t attack Mr. Trump before Mr. Trump attacked Dr. Carson. In this instance, Mr. Trump initiated the attack, probably because he was upset with the news he wasn’t dominating the polls anymore.
The Club for Growth is running this ad in Iowa highlighting Mr. Trump’s statements. In it, it identifies Trump as the presidential candidate that supports higher taxes, national health care and “the Wall Street bailout.” Club for Growth is also happy to highlight Mr. Trump’s statements about what the Club for Growth calls eminent domain abuse.
If C4G runs ads in New Hampshire highlighting Mr. Trump’s belief that eminent domain abuse is wonderful, it will likely hurt Mr. Trump in New Hampshire.
In the past, Trump’s opponents have said that he’d plateaued in support. Either that or they’ve said that he’s reached his upper limit. This time, they can point to polling that shows his support dropping pretty dramatically in a state Mr. Trump needs to win.