Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump compared GOP opponent Ben Carson's "pathological temper" to that of a "child molester" on Nov. 12 (video below).
Trump referenced Carson's autobiography "Gifted Hands," in which Carson described his violent childhood as a "disease" that was the result of a "pathological temper," during an interview with Erin Burnett on CNN:
He said he's pathological, somebody said he has pathological disease. Other people said he said in the book, and I haven't seen it, I know it's in the book, that he's got a pathological temper or temperament. That's a big problem because you don't cure that, 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 a child molester. There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that.
Burnett asked Trump if he believed Carson's claims that he has changed since his violent youth, and Trump said he didn't know. He added that he hopes Carson has changed but that Burnett would have to ask Carson about it.
"Mr. Trump likes Dr. Carson, but Mr. Trump has resentment when he sees Dr. Carson rise," Carson's campaign spokesman Armstrong Williams told CNN. "He lashes out like he did tonight and resents Dr. Carson's continued rise and Dr. Carson [getting] the attention of the press and American people."
Fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina took some shots at Trump on her Facebook page the same evening, writing: "Donald, sorry, I've got to interrupt again. You would know something about pathological.
"How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won't make you as smart as Ben. Carson."