Trump: Carson’s ‘pathological temper’ can’t be cured

Associated Press

Washington — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says rival Ben Carson has a “pathological temper” that can’t be cured any more than a child molester can be cured.

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, the businessman pointed to Carson’s own descriptions of his “pathological temper” as a young man.

“That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that,” Trump said. “That’s like, you know, I could say, they say you don’t cure — as an example, child molester. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure the child molester.” He also said “pathological is a very serious disease.”

Asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett if he was satisfied by Carson’s assurances that his anger was in the past, Trump said he didn’t know. “You’ll have to ask him that question,” he said according to a CNN report on the interview. “Look, I hope he’s fine because I think it would be a shame.”

In his book “Gifted Hands,” Carson described the uncontrollable anger he felt at times while growing up in inner-city Detroit. He wrote that on one occasion he nearly punched his mother and on another he attempted to stab a friend with a knife.

“I had what I only can label a pathological temper — a disease — and this sickness controlled me, making me totally irrational,” Carson said in describing the incident with his mother. He referred to “pathological anger” again in telling about lunging at his friend, the knife blade breaking off when it hit the boy’s belt buckle.

Carson’s ability to overcome his anger as well as an impoverished childhood to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon has been a central chapter in his personal story.