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Leading Republican Candidate Donald Trump: How Stupid are the People of Iowa?
11/13/2015

It is actually a bit difficult for me to say that Donald Trump and Ben Carson are leading in the polls right now as candidates for the highest position of power and authority in the United States. Like most Americans, this country and its institutions are important to me; I want the best for the country. But how can it be that people like Trump and Carson are leading in the polls? What has the Republican Party become?

At Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump got up in front of people and acted out how ridiculous the story is that Carson tells about himself, that he broke a knife on the belt buckle of a friend when he was trying to stab him. Trump then went on a tirade against Carson about his claim that the incident led him into the bathroom to read scripture and he came out a changed man. Trump asked "How stupid are the people of Iowa" to believe what Carson is saying. Carson, indeed, has been telling some whoppers, saying that the pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain for use during a famine. This is the kind of thing an "evangelical" audience might believe, they believe what their authority figures tell them to believe, but it is the sort of thing that makes you look ridiculous in front of a secular audience.

But it is not even a secular audience that is making fun of Carson, it is his fellow Republican, Donald Trump. Just watch this YouTube video "Trump Showing His Belt During Iowa Speech to Mock Carson: How Stupid Are The People of Iowa" on 11/12/2015:



The following is a summary of the video which was at the YouTube site:

During a rally in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Thursday night, Donald Trump briefly mimicked fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson's alleged stabbing incident. donald trump mocked and owned ben carson during his iowa campaign rally, watch trump imitate Ben Carson's suspect story of stabbing a classmate, I mean a friend, I mean a close relative. Donald Trump went on a tirade Thursday night. A few hours after claiming that Republican rival Ben Carson has an incurable "pathological temper" and comparing it to something else he says is incurable ó "child molesting" ó Trump escalated the battle, devoting over ten minutes of his rally to attacking Carson's personal narrative. He wrote a book and in the book, he said terrible things about himself," Trump said of Carson. "He said that he's pathological and he's got basically pathological disease ... I don't want a person that's got pathological disease." Trump first compared the two conditions on CNN and repeated them to a 1,500-person crowd at Iowa Central Community College: "I said that if you're a child molester, a sick puppy, a child molester, there's no cure for that - there's only one cure and we don't want to talk about that cure, that's the ultimate cure. No there's two, there's death and the other thing. But if you're a child molester, there's no cure, they can't stop you. Pathological, there's no cure." Trump said he doesn't believe Carson is telling the truth and questioned how a belt buckle could stop a blade. He stepped away from the podium and acted out how he imagined such an attack would happen, with his own belt buckle flopping around. He asked if anyone in the audience had a knife to try out his theory. His Secret Service agents, who just joined his detail this week, stood guard. Belt "Carson is an enigma to me," Trump said. "He said that he's 'pathological' and that he's got, basically, pathological disease... I don't want a person that's got pathological disease." Trump repeatedly said he doesn't believe there's any cure for such a disease, and he said he doesn't believe that Carson was truly changed by divine intervention, as he writes in his book. "If you're a child molester -- a sick puppy -- a child molester, there's no cure for that," Trump said. "If you're a child molester, there's no cure. They can't stop you. Pathological? There's no cure." And yet Carson is doing well in the polls, Trump said in disbelief. "How stupid are the people of Iowa?" Trump said. "How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?" Trump started the speech looking exhausted, his voice hoarse. This was his fourth state in four days. A sense of anger built as Trump listed off everything wrong with the country and everything wrong with his rivals. His voice got louder and stronger, his hands gripping the podium. He would be a unifier, he said, a winner. Then he wondered aloud if he should just move to Iowa and buy a farm.

"I've really enjoyed being with you," Trump said as he drew to a sudden but long awaited end. "It's sad in many ways because we're talking about so many negative topics, but in certain ways it's beautiful. It's beautiful."

Then there was the role playing.

Stepping back from the podium, Trump mimicked for the nearly audience the way Carson alleges the stabbing of his friend occurred: That the friend's belt thwarted any physical harm that may have been done.

But Trump doesn't buy that line.

"I have a belt. If someone hits, you not going in, it moves this way, it moves that way, he hit the belt buckle," he said as he showed his belt buckle.

Trump even asked the crowd if they wanted to "try it" on him because "believe me, it ain't going to work."

Trump's story continued: "And he plunged it into the belt and amazingly the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke."

Trump then plunged a rhetorical knife of his own to the Iowa crowd: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?"

Not atypical of Mr. Trump, he didn't just have barbs for Dr. Carson. Trump also punched at the GOP's favorite target, Hillary Clinton.

But went further than his fellow Republicans saying: "she's playing the woman card. Outside of the woman card, she's got nothing going."

The GOP frontrunner also had words for President Obama, specifically his administration's accomplishment of killing Osama bin Laden.

"Pretend anybody is president," Trump said as he set the stage for the theoretical circumstance. "These great guys come in, general, 'Mr President, we have Osama bin Laden. So we have a choice, we can leave him alone Mr. President, or we can take him and bomb the hell out of him.'

"Who's gonna say leave him alone?" Trump exclaimed, intimating that the decision to go in was a no-brainer. "Is there anybody that would say it?"

Asked Thursday night to respond to Trump's comparison to child molesters, a Carson spokesman wrote, "The campaign has no comment."



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