This morning, Ron Ross writes about the liberal media’s attempt to assassinate the character of Ben Carson:
The current political atmosphere is such that even before it happened there was a 100% chance the media would attempt to assassinate Dr. Ben Carson’s character, honesty, and integrity. The liberal media will do everything it can, including lies, fabrications, distortions, and flagrant exaggerations to anyone they consider threats to their power and control.
But what Ross doesn’t mention is Donald Trump’s efforts to aid and abet the liberal media’s campaign against Carson. How else does one explain his lengthy rant against Carson last night in which he spent of much of his speech questioning Carson’s character, honesty and integrity? In particular, he questioned whether Carson’s account of attempting to stab someone only to have the knife by a belt buckle. Trump stepped away from the podium and asked if anyone in the audience would like to try it on him.
Then came what could prove to be Trump’s self-inflicted coup de grace. Trump demanded, “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”
This isn’t the first time Trump has played with this kind of fire. Last month, after Carson took the lead in Iowa, Trump tweeted, “#BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP”. As I wrote at the time, Donald Trump forgot the first rule of politics – don’t insult people who you are trying to persuade to vote for you.”
It might very well be the case that it wasn’t so much a case of Trump forgetting the first rule of politics. Rather, it would appear to be a case of a candidate who doesn’t think the rules of politics apply to him. Of course, this isn’t to say that Carson is neccessarily the best candidate in the field. But Trump would be better off telling people why they should vote for him, rather than why they shouldn’t vote for Carson or anyone else.
Before Trump gives another speech in Iowa, he would be wise to read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People. Because I can assure you that Trump’s invective against Carson will not win him friends and will influence voters in Iowa to cast their ballot for Carson and the other GOP candidates.
UPDATE: Carson’s longtime spokesman Armstrong Williams responded to Trump’s diatribe with three simple words, “Pray for him.”
It would take an act of God.