Following Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s 95-minute rant on Nov. 12 at an Iowa rally in which he launched inflammatory attacks on everyone from Carly Fiorina, calling her “Carly whatever-the-hell-her-name-is," to rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, whom he described as "weak like a baby,” Trumps’ closest competitor, Ben Carson, had a typically subdued response: prayer.
“When I spoke with Dr. Carson about this yesterday [about] how we should respond, you know, he was so sad about it,” Armstrong Williams, Carson’s friend and business manager, told CNN on Nov. 13.
“[Carson] said: 'Pray for him.’”
"He feels sorry because he really likes Mr. Trump. To see him just imploding before our very eyes — it’s sad to watch.”
Trump devoted more than 10 minutes of his tirade to Carson, saying he had a “pathological disease,” like being a child molester, The Washington Post reported, referring to Carson’s youthful temper which allegedly led him to trying to stab someone.
The Iowa rally was not the first time Trump has likened Carson to a child molester. The same day, he told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “It's in the book that he's got a pathological temper.”
"That's a big problem because you don't cure that ... as an example: child molesting. You don't cure these people. You don't cure a child molester. There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that."
Carson’s campaign appeared to brush off Trump’s remarks. "Dr. Carson [was] 14 years old at the time, it was a half century ago. Mr. Trump speaks of this as if it happened within the last year," Williams said. "I mean, are you kidding me? It's so sad watching and listening to him.”
Carson told CNN reporters in South Carolina that he wouldn’t go on warpath against Trump. "Now that he's completed his gratuitous attack, why don't we press on and deal with the real issues," he said.
“That's what the people of America are concerned about, not so much politics as usual, politics of personal destruction — that's what the American people are sick and tired of."