Things are getting prickly in the crowded candidate race for the GOP presidential nomination. According to Fox News, businessman Donald Trump and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson have been lobbing mortars at each other over who is better representing Christianity, but Trump is now firing back with a full assault. And former CEO Carly Fiorina is getting caught in the barrage as well.
Here are three things Trump said this week about Carson:
1. On Carson's faith: “Look at his faith and you’re not going to find so much. And you look at his views on abortion, which were horrendous, and that’s I think why I’m leading with all the evangelicals. I’m leading Ben Carson by a lot; I’m almost double his numbers.”
2. On Carson's career: “But I don’t know Ben Carson, perhaps — you know — an okay doctor…we’re not talking about a great — he was an okay doctor. And now, because he’s a doctor and he hired one nurse, he’s going to end up being president of the United States?"
3. On Carson's biblical knowledge: “For him to read from the Bible in his memory, it looked like it memorized it about two minutes before he went on stage.”
Here are three things Trump said this week about Fiorina:
1. On her looks: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?:
2. On her career: According to CNN, during an appearance on The View, Trump backed off on his previous comments, saying, "Look, I'm talking about her persona. She failed miserably at Hewlett-Packard and ran for the Senate and lost in a landslide and now running for president. I'm talking about her persona."
3. On her time as CEO: On CNN, Trump referred to Fiorina's time as Hewlett-Packard CEO before she was fired by saying, "She goes down as one of the worst (CEOs) ever." In a Rolling Stones interview he said, "I can't say anything to her because she's a woman. . . . I promised that I wouldn't say that she ran Hewlett-Packard into the ground. I said I wouldn't say it! That her stock value tanked. That she laid off tens of thousands of people and she got viciously fired."
Do you think Trump went too far, or is this what we can expect from politics as usual during a tough nomination race? Will these comments hurt or help Trump's continually growing popularity? Did he make some good points about Carson and Fiorina?