Ben Carson’s self-described “pathological” behavior is incurable, like that of a child molester’s, Donald Trump said on Thursday.
“He said he’s pathological. Somebody said he has pathological disease,” Trump told CNN’s Erin Burnett of the retired neurosurgeon, who is running neck-and-neck atop the GOP presidential polls with the mogul.
“That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that,” Trump continued, before making a comparison that is sure to be the source of chatter over the next few days.
“That’s like, you know, I could say as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that,” said Trump.
The real estate billionaire was referring to Carson’s 1990 autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” in which he writes about a violent temper he often displayed as a child. Carson called it a “disease” and a “pathological temper.”
In one incident, Carson attempted to stab a friend during an argument. He also tried to attack his mother with a hammer and hit another friend in the face with a pad lock.
“When he says he’s pathological — and he says that in the book, I don’t say that — and again, I’m not saying anything, I’m not saying anything other than pathological is a very serious disease,” Trump said. “And he said he’s pathological, somebody said he has pathological disease.”
Carson’s campaign responded to Trump’s remarks, saying that Trump has “resentment” over Carson’s recent rise in the polls.
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