Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mocks rival Ben Carson's account of how he attacked a friend as a youth. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump on Friday after the bombastic billionaire tested the patience of the party's base by likening Carson to a child molester with pathological tendencies. The fallout from Trump's nasty broadside was likely to reverberate in Orlando where Trump and Carson, the two front-runners, were among a host of candidates due to speak later at the Florida Republican Party's Sunshine Summit. Trump said Carson has a "pathological" temper, alluding to compulsive behavior similar to that of a child molester. At one point, Trump flipped his belt buckle over to try to cast doubt on a frequently cited anecdote from Carson, that he tried to stab someone as a child but the person's belt buckle prevented injury. Carson says the incident helped turn him to the Christian faith. "Give me a break," Trump said. "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe that crap?" While Trump has made a number of outlandish statements with no penalty from Republican voters, turning on Carson in such a bitter way could mark a turning point for the New York mogul whose take-charge attitude has kept him at the top of the polls for months. Carson has emerged as the main challenger to Trump's top position in national polls and popularity in early deciding states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found 31 percent of Republicans favored Trump. Carson followed at 18 percent.