FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in an interview Thursday that rival Ben Carson has a “pathological temper” that can’t be cured any more than a child molester can be cured.
In Iowa he continued the strong criticism, telling people at a rally that he didn’t believe Carson’s story of his religious awakening and questioned his tale of nearly stabbing a friend.
“How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Trump bellowed during a rally at Iowa Central Community College. “How stupid are the people of this country to believe this crap?”
In an interview with CNN, the businessman pointed to Carson’s own descriptions of his “pathological temper” as a young man.
“That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that,” Trump said. “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 the child molester.” Trump also said that “pathological is a very serious disease.”
Asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett if he was satisfied by Carson’s assurances that his anger was in the past, Trump said he didn’t know. “You’ll have to ask him that question,” he said according to a CNN report on the interview. “Look, I hope he’s fine because I think it would be a shame.”
In his book “Gifted Hands,” Carson described the uncontrollable anger he felt at times while growing up in inner-city Detroit. He wrote that on one occasion he nearly punched his mother and on another he attempted to stab a friend with a knife.