Donald Trump met his intellectual match when he was interviewed by Special Report’s Bret Baier on immigration and other subjects. It started when Baier quoted Mr. Trump from 2012 when he called Mitt Romney’s self-deportation plan “mean-spirited.” Back then, Trump criticized “Mitt Romney‘s proposals for self-deportation as ‘crazy, maniacal, and too mean-spirited.’” Thursday night, Baier asked Mr. Trump why his forced deportation wasn’t mean-spirited but Gov. Romney’s self-deportation plan was mean-spirited.
Mr. Trump replied, saying that “I said it was crazy because it doesn’t work. He was talking about people just going to walk out of the country. I criticized it because it’s something that doesn’t work.” Mr. Trump denied that he said it was mean-spirited before saying “Yeah, it’s mean-spirited, Bret, because it doesn’t work.”
After the Fox Business GOP Debate, Dr. Carson got under Mr. Trump’s exceptionally thin skin. He criticized Mr. Trump’s deportation plan, saying that “I think they hurt Donald Trump in the long run. I think there are enough people who know that there are others in the race that are very reasonable. I don’t think he necessarily is the representation of the Republican Party — far from it.”
That definitely got under Mr. Trump’s thin skin during a campaign event in Iowa:
Trump started the speech looking exhausted, his voice hoarse. This was his fourth state in four days. A sense of anger built as Trump listed off everything wrong with the country and everything wrong with his rivals. His voice got louder and stronger, his hands gripping the podium. He would be a unifier, he said, a winner.
That’s what a man who’s losing it sounds like. That doesn’t mean he’ll drop in the polls immediately but it’s definitely putting a ceiling on his support. This won’t help increase his support with evangelical Christians in Iowa:
Trump repeatedly said he doesn’t believe there’s any cure for such a disease, and he said he doesn’t believe that Carson was truly changed by divine intervention, as he writes in his book.
“If you’re a child molester — a sick puppy — a child molester, there’s no cure for that,” Trump said. “If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you. Pathological? There’s no cure.”
It isn’t that Christians have compassion for child molesters. It’s that many of them think that the God who parted the Red Sea, who turned water into wine and changed Saul of Tarsus who murdered Christians for a living into the Apostle Paul, the greatest missionary in the history of the church, can change other people, too.
Mr. Trump better regain his calm demeanor fast or he risks losing support with Christians in both Iowa and South Carolina.