Ben Carson Thinks We Should Pray for Trump

Carson responds to Trump's attack
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at Bob Jones University, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Greenville, SC.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Newser) – Ben Carson responded Friday to Donald Trump's attack Thursday night, and it looks like he's taking the "turn the other cheek" route for now:

  • First, Carson's business manager responded to CNN, per Reuters: "When I spoke with Dr. Carson about this yesterday how we should respond, you know he was so sad about it. He said: 'Pray for him.' He feels sorry for him because he really likes Mr. Trump. To see him just imploding before our very eyes—it's just sad to watch."

  • Then, Carson himself spoke to reporters today, per CNN. "Now that he's completed his gratuitous attack, why don't we press on and deal with the real issues. 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," he said. He also called into question Trump's understanding of the word "pathological"—Trump had said that since Carson described the temper he used to have as "pathological," that must mean it's "incurable"—by saying, "I'm hopeful that his advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and know that that does not connote incurable. 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."
Other candidates also came to Carson's defense; Lindsey Graham called him a "good, decent man" and said Trump apparently "melted down last night," while Carly Fiorina noted, "all the money in the world won't make you as smart as Ben Carson." (Read more Ben Carson stories.)

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