Donald Trump makes for great headlines. His latest spat with every other candidate fell on Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who is passing his churlish GOP candidate in the key Iowa polls, where the first ballots of the 2016 presidential race will be cast. The newly minted frontrunner took it in stride, and lobbed a little back at the reality TV real estate mogul.
Writes CNN on Oct. 23: “Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the results of two Iowa polls that show him slipping to second place in the key first state, and he took shots at Iowa’s new front-runner: Ben Carson.”
Speaking at his own Trump National Doral Miami resort, the billionaire once again mocked his competitors, this time taking a pot shot at Carson and the fact that he’s very un-Trump-like. In other words, he isn’t a spaz.
“We have a breaking story: Donald Trump falls to second place behind Ben Carson,” Trump said, pretending to be reporting on a headline. “We informed Ben, but he was sleeping.”
Carson, 64, doesn’t quite respond to the incoming fire, but he does toss up a parting shot at Trump’s volatile nature. “I don’t get into the mud pit,” Carson said in a partial transcript made available before Sunday’s Meet the Press segment. “I do have a tendency to be relaxed. I wasn’t always like that. There was a time when I was, you know, very volatile.”
Carson said he was once actually quite violent, and as a teenager growing up in Detroit he went after kids “with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers.” He even admits to trying to stab a kid with a camp knife. “Fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. And I’m a very different person now,” said Carson.
Trump previously described Carson as “super low energy” and “lower than Bush,” while continuing to trump up the fact that someone with “tremendous energy” is needed to run the country. To that, Carson replied with:
“I have plenty of energy,” he said. “I will tell you, in terms of energy, I’m not sure that there’s anybody else running who’s spent 18 or 20 hours intently operating on somebody.”
The Donald, in speaking of the two polls that showed him trailing Carson – from Quinnipiac University and the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics – decided not to believe them.
Adds ABC News: “The remarks came after polls showed that Carson had taken a lead against him in the key state of Iowa – polls that Trump slammed as being ‘wrong.’ According to the new Iowa polls from Quinnipiac and Bloomberg, Carson is leading Trump by 9 – 10 points.”
“I don’t believe those polls by the way because both of those pollsters disagree with me,” Trump said. “Both of those polling groups do not like me at all and I disagree (with the results).”
Trump is a refreshing, straight shooter to be sure, but are these entertaining antics eventually going to unravel?