Ben Carson on Donald Trump attacks: ‘I expect that kind of thing’
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Friday he’s come to expect attacks like the ones leveled at him by 2016 GOP rival Donald Trump a day earlier and that he’s not going to be dragged into a mudslinging contest.
“Well, you know, the wonderful thing is it’s not really up to me — it’s up to the people,” Mr. Carson told reporters in South Carolina.
Mr. Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, said people will be able to make their decision about whether they want to listen to the usual politics of personal destruction or deal with something different.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump questioned a story from Mr. Carson’s youth in which the retired doctor tried to stab someone, but ended up breaking his knife on the person’s belt buckle. Mr. Trump mimed the act at a campaign rally in Iowa and moved his belt around to try to show how unlikely Mr. Carson’s story was.
“How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?” Mr. Trump said.
Asked if he was offended by it, Mr. Carson said: “Let me put it this way: I expect that kind of thing.”