According to the release this week of two major polls, Ben Carson has surged ahead of Donald Trump, having harvested a larger crop of conservative Republican voters in the Iowa caucus.
In the new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll of Iowa Republicans, Carson — the only GOP candidate to consistently poll in the top tier near Trump — leads Trump 29%-19% in a survey of 401 “likely” Republican voters. Carson also continues to build his future field of presidential dreams in a similar Quinnipiac University survey of GOP Iowans.
No doubt, The Donald probably is asking himself “How could this happen?,” because he loves to talk about his highest, biggest, best poll numbers. Well, Mr. Trump, could it be the public charges of sexism from the likes of Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina and Rosie O’Donnell? The fake Bible quote? Or maybe it was the constant bullying and bashing of your GOP campaign rivals, including now Mr. Carson.
Well-known now for his child-like and biting Twitter habit Trump slammed Carson for taking the lead this week in Iowa in what became a controversial tweet. He later deleted it, blaming the 140 character slam on an unknown intern. To make matters worse, after the Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll showed Carson’s new lead, Trump’s Twitter account retweeted a real zinger that blasted the Iowa corn industry, as well as the goliath agricultural biotech company Monsanto, infamous for its modified corn seeds nationwide and across the globe.
The retweet read: @mygreenhippo #BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP.
This, too, was immediately deleted and again blamed by Trump on the anonymous (but surely by now fired) intern. And surprise, surprise, Trump tweeted out a rare apology. Well, sort of.
The tweet read, ‘The young intern who accidentally did a retweet apologizes.’
Now, you may be asking just how, when, and even why did Ben Carson pull ahead of Donald Trump. The answer? Women, the very gender Trump proclaims to cherish. But with all the public charges of sexism, including those by Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina and Rosie O’Donnell, maybe the Iowa women no longer believe “cherish” is the word for Mr. Trump. Bygones. The other group Carson has grabbed, of course, is evangelicals. The man can quote verse as easily as he performed surgery. Trump, not so much. Remember that one Bible quote he said was his favorite? You know, the one that doesn’t even exist. Yeah, that.
What happens between now and the February 2016 Iowa Caucus? Your guess is as good as ours. But with Carson knocking Trump down from his giant bean, err, cornstalk, it’s guaranteed to be entertaining. Iowa is important important to Trump. Without it, he might quit. The man is never predictable so who knows? It could be back to business, or reality TV, or penning another (ahem) bestseller. May we suggest the working title You’re Fired, Loser!
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