Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson wants prayers sent to Donald Trump, his rival in the GOP race, following the comparison he made of Carson to child molesters.
“Pray for him,” Carson reportedly told his business manager, Armstrong Williams, when asked how Trump’s comments should be addressed, reports CNN.
“[Carson] feels sorry because he really likes Mr. Trump,” Williams said in his CNN interview. “To see him just imploding before our very eyes — it’s sad to watch.”
“It is so immature; it is so embarrassing,” Williams added, noting that Trump “cannot fathom” losing the GOP nomination.
On Nov. 12, during an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," Trump compared Carson’s “pathological temper” to that of a child molester
"It's in the book that he's got a pathological temper," Trump told Burnett, speaking about Carson's autobiography “Gifted Hands.” "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 referred to his “pathological temper” in his teens as a “disease” that caused him to have violent episodes.
Trump continued his commentary on Carson’s past until he was asked whether he believed his opponent's assurances that he has left his anger behind.
"I just don't know," Trump said. "You'll have to ask him that question. Look, I hope he's fine because I think it would be a shame. What he's saying is these things happen. It'd be nice if he said none of these things did happen. He's saying these things happen and therefore I have credibility. And what I'm saying is, I'd rather have them if they didn't happen. I don't want somebody who hit somebody in the face with a padlock."
Armstrong told CNN following Trump’s rant that Carson’s GOP rival is vying for attention.
"Mr. Trump likes Dr. Carson, but Mr. Trump has resentment when he sees Dr. Carson rise," 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."
Carson credits his Christian faith with helping him overcome his past anger issues and for making him a better citizen, The Hill reports.
Carly Fiorina, the only woman seeking the GOP nomination, came to the defense of Carson, while taking the opportunity to insult Trump.
"Donald, sorry, I've got to interrupt again. You would know something about pathological," Fiorina said in a Facebook post, according to CNN. "How was that meeting with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin? Or Wharton [School]? Or your self-funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multimillion dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won't make you as smart as Ben Carson."