Did Trump Just Commit Political Suicide?
Trump was just being so nice last week. He was more mild in the Republican debate, even lightly championing some of his other competition.
Then something happened. Some are saying he just lost it; others are saying he thinks it's good politics; and still others have been long speculating he would drop out of the race--that running was just good for business.
At an Iowa rally, Trump went off on nearly all of his competitors for some 95 minutes. Listeners were stunned, even knowing how Trump normally is. One of the worst offenses? He compared Dr. Ben Carson to a child molester.
Referencing the violent temper Carson wrote about receiving God's healing from in his autobiography, Trump said some 'pathology' never leaves. "If you're pathological -- there's no cure for that, folks. Okay? There's no cure for that," Trump said, as Fox News reports. "I said that if you're a child molester -- a sick puppy -- you're a child molester, there's no cure for that."
Wow. Even for Trump, most think that is way below the belt. And other candidates are coming to Carson's defense. GOP rival Carly Fiorina wrote on Facebook: "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."
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also defended Carson, calling this a turning point for Trump's race: "I think he melted down last night," Graham said. "What he said about Dr. Carson ... Dr. Carson found redemption in the Lord. He is a good and decent man."
Wow. Intense words from Trump. Do you think he just committed political suicide? Or do you think he will just proceed on, largely unscathed? What do you think about his remarks?