(Photo Credit: REUTERS/Darren Hauck) The Republican frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson were the center of the Republican Summit in Orlando with Trump calling Carson a pathological liar similar to a child molester.
Trump and Carson confronted at the Florida Republican Party’s Sunshine Summit where they were among other candidates for the 2016 Elections. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz also clashed over immigration at the daylong summit.
According to Reuters, during a campaign stop in Fort Ridge, Iowa, Trump started his tirade against retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who has been narrowing the gap between him and billionaire Trump in the last month. Trump referenced Carson’s alleged lying about getting a scholarship at West Point, as well as his past of a violent attack with a knife against a friend. Trump said that Carson had a “pathological temper” and added “If you are pathological, there is no cure for that. If you are a child molester, there is not cure for that. They cannot stop you.”
He also made a small performance with his belt referencing Carson’s story of stabbing a friend with a knife, but the belt his friend was wearing broke the knife. To trivialize the story Trump stated “Give me a break. How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe that crap?”
On the other hand, Carson refused to reply proportionately to Trump and instead said that he expected that kind of thing. According to Reuters, while in Greenville, S.C. Carson said “That’s what’s been going on in our country for years… and I don’t expect it to change any time soon but I don’t have to get into it.” He also added “It’s up to the people of Iowa and they will decide if they want to listen to the usual politics… or if they want to do something different.”
The summit was also marked by Cruz and Rubio going against each other’s record on immigration, with Cruz saying that Rubio has favored amnesty for illegal immigrants with his 2013 legislative effort in the Senate and Rubio replied that Cruz has supported a plan for citizenship for illegal immigrants and even had an amendment for his effort. According to Reuters, Rubio stated “He bragged about how his amendment would bring people out of the shadows. He’s changed his position. He has a right to change his position.”
Trump’s comments have given him the frontrunner position for the Republican nomination for President, but his latest statements will probably give him a backlash from the Republican establishment and change the positions in the Presidential race. However, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump is seen surging among the Republicans that will be voting in the Party’s Presidential primary. He has the support of 42% of those surveyed, while Carson has fallen behind.