With the latest CNN poll showing Trump continuing his front-runner status, and Carson surging into place as the only candidate GOP voter now prefer, the two men are recognizing they are each others’ biggest competitor, politically speaking.
At the Commonwealth Club, Carson took aim at Trump’s “deport ’em all” immigration plan:
“It sounds really cool, you know, ‘Let’s just round them all up and send them back,'” Carson said. “People who say that have no idea what that would entail in terms of our legal system, the costs – forget about it. Plus, where you gonna send them? It’s just a double whammy.”
Carson also called for a 10 percent flat tax, saying, “I think God’s a pretty fair person, and he advocated a tithing system. There must be something inherently fair about proportionality.”
At a rally in Anaheim, a reporter fanned the flame by asking Carson what the biggest difference is between him and Donald Trump. Carson chose his deep faith commitment: “Probably the biggest thing — I’ve realized where my success has come from and I don’t in anyway deny my faith in God,” drawing an implicit contrast with Trump, who said he never needed to ask God’s forgiveness. “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. I don’t get that impression with him. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that.”
Trump did not respond well to these gentle critiques, slamming Carson’s abortion views on CNN as “horrendous” (an odd move for the very recently pro-choice Trump) and allowing that the brilliant John Hopkins neurosurgeon might be an “okay” doctor:
Trump was asked, “Ben Carson, he’s also making a lot of traction.