Democrats Call Donald Trump's Tirade a "National Embarrassment" for Iowa
"It’s another example of the sad state of affairs for the GOP, and a dangerous prospect for the nation if Trump or his followers are given the keys to the White House," the Democratic National Committee wrote in an email to thousands of supporters on Friday.
The Democratic National Committee Friday went on the attack against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump with a mass email to thousands of party supporters calling Trump’s rambling Thursday night tirade in Iowa "an embarrassment to the Republican Party and the country."
Trump arrived late Thursday to address a sold-out auditorium of Iowa Republicans, and then proceeded to deliver 95-minutes of rambling insults against everyone from local voters to the generals in the Pentagon.
Ben Carson, who is outpacing the billionaire developer in some polls, received the brunt of his scorn, with Trump calling the neurosurgeon a "child molester," a "sick puppy" and a "pathological liar."
With his comments going viral within minutes, the Democrats used the opportunity to challenge the GOP to stand up to the real estate mogul who they labeled a "school yard bully."
"Time-and-time again, the Republican candidates in this field have refused to stand up to Trump and his repulsive policy ideas, and instead have chosen to imitate his antics," DNC spokesman Eric Walker said Friday.
In the mass emailing Friday, the party laid out the some of the "lowest of the low-lights" of Trump’s "jaw-dropping 95-minute screed that offended, well, pretty much everyone."
In addition to his comments on Carson, the Democrats singled out the following remarks from Trump’s speech:
On Iowans: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?"
On the U.S. military: "I know more about ISIS than the generals do."
To a man in the crowd saying, "We love you, Trump": "We love you too! Even though you're a male, I still love you. Never been my thing, but I still love you."
On the media: "scum," "idiots"
On Hillary Clinton: "playing the 'women's card, big league' "
On Marco Rubio: "Weak on illegal immigration ... like, weak like a baby. Like a baby. Not a good poker player, because every time he's under pressure he just starts to profusely sweat. If he was playing poker with me, I'd say 'Ah!' The water would start pouring off his body."
On Carly Fiorina: "I'm telling Carly whatever the hell her name is ... Fiorina, 'Will you stop cutting in?' "
On John Kasich: "Kasich, ugh, I have a headache from this guy!"
Trump’s assault continued Friday with a campaign ad posted on Instagram, featuring a video clip of Carson talking about how, as a young man with anger issues, he had attempted to stab his mother. The ad suggested that Carson was either a "violent criminal" or a "pathological liar." "We don’t need either as president," the ad concludes.
Carson, meanwhile, told reporters in South Carolina the he would not engage with Trump on a personal level.
"Now that he's completed his gratuitous attack, why don't we press on and deal with the real issues," Carson said. "That's what the people of America are concerned about, not so much politics as usual, politics of personal destruction — that's what the American people are sick and tired of."
As for Trump calling him "pathological," Carson said he was "hopeful that his advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and know that that does not connote incurable. It simply describes something that is highly abnormal and something that fortunately I've been able to be delivered from for half a century now."
The Democrats view the latest Trump dust-up as a prime opportunity to undermine all the Republicans in the field.
"Whether it’s Jeb Bush slurring the children of immigrants, Chris Christie making reckless foreign policy commitments in the debate, or Marco Rubio running to the right of Trump on immigration, or RNC Chairman Reince Preibus calling his candidacy 'a net positive for everybody,' it’s clear that the GOP sees more political benefit to joining the schoolyard bully than standing up to him," Walker said. "It’s another example of the sad state of affairs for the GOP, and a dangerous prospect for the nation if Trump or his followers are given the keys to the White House."