Donald Trump and Ben Carson–two Washington outsiders seeking the presidency who will eventually go head-to-head, according to White House correspondent and political pundit Tommy Christopher.
Christopher wrote Tuesday: “Now that Carson presents a real threat to Trump, it will be interesting to see what happens when Trump inevitably attacks him.”
Carson has been surging in the polls in Iowa. With its first-in-the-nation caucus, a win there could provide a needed boost for the dark horse surgeon against the front-runner mogul. A Monmouth University poll has Carson and Trump tied for first among Iowa voters, with 23 percent. Outsider Carly Fiorina is next at 10 percent, barely ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz at 9 percent.
Neither Trump nor Carson is afraid of speaking his mind, and telling it like it is. Carson famously took on President Obama to his face at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, elevating him to “rock star” status among those frustrated with government’s self-interested plutocrats.
Both Trump and Carson tap into that anger at Washington insiders, and Trump has masterfully crafted his campaign to distance himself from the other candidates. But Carson is a different kind of candidate, and Trump hasn’t yet turned to criticizing the doctor—not directly at least.
Christoper wrote: “Technically, Trump already has attacked Carson, and in a way that serves as a guideline for future attacks. In November, Trump tweeted ‘Sadly, because president Obama has done such a poor job as president, you won’t see another black president for generations!’”
“Although this was obviously an attack on President Obama, it was also an attack on the electability of any black presidential candidate, which would include Ben Carson,” he continued.
Could Trump publicly praise Carson, but undermine his candidacy by claiming another black president is unelectable? Christopher thinks he can.
“However he does it, Trump will need to go after Ben Carson in fairly short order, and when he does, Republicans will choose Trump. You can bet on it, if you can still find anyone willing to bet against Donald Trump,” he concludes.
One thing is for sure: it will be interesting to see how this plays out.