Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says, ''I'm hopeful his advisers will help him to understand the word 'pathological' and recognize that does not denote incurable'' after Trump went off on a rant in which he said Carson had a ''pathological'' temper as a young man. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Speaking at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson responded to Donald Trump's rant in which he said Carson had a "pathological" temper as a young man. "Now that he's completed his gratuitous attack, why don't we press on and deal with the real issues," said Carson, Friday (November 13). He later added, "I'm hopeful his advisors will help him to understand the word 'pathological' and recognize that does not denote incurable. It's not the same. It simply is an adjective that describes something that is highly abnormal and something that fortunately I've been able to delivered from for a half a century now." Speaking in Iowa late Thursday (November 12), Trump cast doubt on Carson's often-reported story of lunging at someone with a hunting knife as a child, an episode Carson says led him to Christianity. The outspoken billionaire real-estate mogul said the incident showed Carson had a "pathological" temper. "If you're pathological, there's no cure for that," Trump said. "If you're a child molester, there's no cure. They can't stop you." The reaction on social media was mixed, although many described Trump's attack as immature. A Twitter user with the handle @JoeDelgadoJr tweeted to Trump's official account @realDonaldTrump: "You need to recant this 'stupid' people of Iowa statement.. and child molester comparison was not a mature attack." Another user with the handle @GregB00 said: "Even for Trump, comparing your primary political opponent to a *child molester* HAS to be going too far. Doesn't it?" Some tried to clarify Trump's statement, arguing that he did not accuse Carson of being a child molester.