Real estate tycoon Donald Trump went after 2016 rival Ben Carson Thursday, likening the retired neurosurgeon's self-described "pathological temper" to that of a "child molester."
Speaking to CNN host Erin Burnett, the billionaire said there was no cure for the violent behavior Carson wrote about having in his youth.
"It's in the book that he's got a pathological temper," Trump said, referencing Carson's autobiography. "That's a big problem because you don't cure that ... as an example: child molesting. You don't cure these people."
"You don't cure a child molester," he continued. "There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that."
Carson wrote in "Gifted Hands" that he had a "pathological temper" in his youth that resulted in a few violent episodes. He has said he once tried to stab a family member and even attempted to go after his mother with a hammer.
"I'm not bringing up anything that's not in his book," Trump insisted. "You know, when he says he went after his mother and wanted to hit her in the head with a hammer, that bothers me."
"I mean, that's pretty bad," he added. "When he says he's pathological — and he says that in the book, I don't say that — and again, I'm not saying anything, I'm not saying anything other than pathological is a very serious disease. And he said he's pathological, somebody said he has pathological disease."
The Carson campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday night from TheBlaze.
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