Donald Trump is at it again, and he’s taking on two opponents at once.
A new profile in Rolling Stone followed Trump on the campaign trail — and recounted this story of Trump insulting Carly Fiorina at just the sight of her on a TV screen:
When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to Trump’s momentum, Trump’s expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina. “Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
“I”m not talking about looks,” Trump insisted Thursday morning on CNN, “I’m talking about persona.” He then began elaborating on Fiorina’s record as a lousy CEO at Hewlett-Packard and Lucent.
“But then you should say that,” host Chris Cuomo responded.
Trump also added that he liked the photos in the Rolling Stone article, but the editors “screwed it up… because they added a lot of stuff — a lot of garish stuff that I think is disgusting.”
As in, they put in direct quotes from Donald Trump?
Trump is also firing back at Ben Carson — who had been catching up on him in recent polls — after Carson on Wednesday publicly questioned Trump’s professions of religious faith, on the grounds of a clear lack of personal humility.
In response to questions from reporters, Carson quoted the Book of Proverbs: “‘By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.’ And that’s a very big part of who I am — humility and fear of the Lord. I don’t get that impression with him. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that impression.”
Trump delivered his response to this during the same interview with Chris Cuomo.
“Ben Carson, you’re talking about his faith. Excuse me, Chris, go back and look at his past. Go back and look at his views on abortion and see where he stands,” Trump said — possibly an allusion to the controversy over whether Carson might have been involved with medical research on aborted fetal tissue.
“Now all of a sudden he gets on very low key. I mean frankly, he makes Bush look like the Energizer Bunny. He’s very low key, he’s got a lot of donors, a lot of people pushing him — but Ben Carson, you look at his faith, and I think you’re not gonna find so much. And you look at his views on abortion, which were horrendous — and that’s, I think, why I’m leading with all the evangelicals.”
“I happen to be a great believer in God, a great believer in the Bible,” Trump also insisted. “Who’s he — hey Chris, who’s he to question my faith when I am — I mean, he doesn’t even know me. I’ve met him a few times. I don’t know Ben Carson.”
And then Carson questioned perhaps Carson’s single most impeachable virtue — his skill as a neurosurgeon: “He was a doctor — perhaps, you know, an okay doctor by the way. You can check that out too. We’re not talking about a great — he was an okay doctor. He was just fine. And now because he’s a doctor and he hired one nurse, he’s gonna end up being the President of the United States?”
Note: Ben Carson was the first doctor to successfully separate conjoined twins at the head.
Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst