Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered what many are describing as a 95-minute rant at a Nov. 12 campaign rally in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Extending well beyond his typical 60 minutes of speaking, and skipping questions from those in attendance, Trump rattled through numerous campaign positions attacked fellow candidates, and described how he would attack the Islamic State if elected president, The Washington Post reports
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do,” the billionaire real estate developer said. “Believe me.”
He told the crowd he would “bomb the s---” out of oil fields in Iraq and Syria that he says are generating “millions of dollars a week” for the Islamic State.
“I would just bomb those suckers,” Trump said. “And that's right: I'd blow up the pipes, I'd blow up the refineries. I would blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left.”
After showing up 40 minutes late, the candidate, described by The Post as having mussed hair and a hoarse voice, began his remarks with a defense of his plans for immigration reform.
He said the United States needs to get tougher on immigration and repeated his call for a wall to be built along the southern border. He pointed out that other countries are much harder on those caught crossing their borders illegally. North Korea imposes 12 years of hard labor, Afghanistan shoots people, and Canada assesses a $5,000 fine, he said.
“If you cross the United States border illegally you get a job, you get a drivers license … you get food stamps, you get a place to live, you get health care, housing, child benefits and in many cases education,” he said. “You wonder why we're a debtor nation. You wonder why our country is going to hell.”
He also spent time attacking other presidential candidates. He called traditional politicians “stupid.” He referred to GOP contender Carly Fiorina as “Carly whatever-the-hell-her-name-is.” He said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, also a presidential contender, is “weak like a baby,” and that Hillary Clinton was playing the “woman card.”
But he reserved a good deal of his attacks for former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the GOP candidate polling closest to Trump in Iowa at times even surpassing him.
By Politico’s clock Trump spent a full 9 minutes laying into Carson and stories from Carson’s 1990 biography, “Gifted Hands.”
"I don't understand it, I really don't understand it,” Trump told the crowd, remarking on Carson’s surge in the polls.
Among Trump’s attacks were repeated use of the word “pathological,” a word Carson used in the book to describe his temper when he was a teenager.
“And I don't want a person that's got pathological disease, I don't want it,” Trump told the crowd.
“Now, I'm not saying he's got it,” he added as clarification. “He said it. This isn't something I'm saying — he's a pathological liar, I'm not saying it. He said he's got pathological disease. He actually said ‘pathological temper,’ and then he defined it as ‘disease,’ so he said he has ‘pathological disease.’ Now if you're pathological, there's no cure for that, folks. OK? There's no cure for that.”
Trump also suggested he didn’t believe Carson’s story about attempting to stab a classmate as a teenager, only to have his would-be victim’s belt buckle block the knife.
“But lo and behold, it hit the belt! It hit the belt,” Trump said. “And the knife broke. Give me a break. Give me a break. Give me a break. The knife broke.”
“Let me tell you something,” Trump told the crowd. “If I did the stuff he said he did, I wouldn't be here right now. It would have been over. It would have been over. OK? It would have been totally over.”