Fiorina defends Carson after Trump’s ‘child molester’ attack

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina fired back at Donald Trump on Thursday, after the billionaire real estate mogul likened Ben Carson’s “pathological” temper as a young man to the mental issues of a child molester.

“Donald, sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again,” Fiorina wrote on her Facebook page, referencing a moment from Tuesday’s presidential debate in which Trump chastised the former Hewlett Packard executive for interjecting.

“You would know something about pathological,” she continued. “How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”

Earlier in the day, Trump said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that the temper Carson had as a young man, which Carson described in a book as “pathological,” is incurable.

“It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper,” Trump said.

“That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that,” he said, adding: “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.”

Carson writes in his books that as a young man growing up in poverty in Detroit, that he had a hot temper. He describes how he once tried to stab a classmate and threatened his mother with a hammer.

Carson credits his mother and his Christian faith with helping turn his life around, but Trump has repeatedly brought up Carson’s past, seeking to make him look unstable.

“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 Thursday.

Jonathan Easley