Ben Carson, in his methodical and continuous beat that have produced for him high presidential campaign rankings, responded without any acrimony or “tit-for-tat” political muckery to Donald Trump’s demeaning talk about his “pathological” disease. In a way, it is incredible for a candidate to not stoop to the same type of personal attacks. Doing so, Carson showed his ability to rise above the storms of campaign mudslinging. That in itself is refreshing. Read his remarks in this CNN story below.
1. Rising above the mudslinging
2. A composed Carson responds to Trump
via CNN Carson on Friday made clear to reporters he would not stoop to Trump’s level, while subtly condemning his words.
“Now that he’s completed his gratuitous attack, why don’t we press on and deal with the real issues,” Carson told reporters in South Carolina before they could ask questions. “That’s what the people of America are concerned about, not so much politics as usual, politics of personal destruction — that’s what the American people are sick and tired of.”
Trump has sharpened his criticism of Carson, who he once said he would only attack if provoked, as the retired neurosurgeon rose in the polls. Earlier on Thursday, in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Trump likened Carson’s self-admitted “pathological” temper during his childhood to that of a child molester.
Carson also dismissed those comments, saying Trump does not understand the meaning of “pathological”
“It’s not the kind of dialogue that I would ever engage in and I’m hopeful that his advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and know that that does not connote incurable,” Carson said. “It simply describes something that is highly abnormal and something that fortunately I’ve been able to be delivered from for half a century now.” via CNN