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Donald Trump gave a speech in Iowa on Thursday night, and the Tweets from at least one reporter have given pause to Ricochet editor Jon Gabriel, who wonders if this is the beginning of the end for the billionaire campaigner.

 

Many pundits wondered what would happen if Trump fell behind in the polls. Would he mellow a bit, lash out, or meltdown completely. Now that Dr. Ben Carson is running neck-and-neck with The Donald and has led in several surveys, we’re beginning to see what a desperate Trump looks like.”

Jenna Johnson is a reporter for the Washington Post and was on the scene for the speech, which she said he delivered in a scratchy, exhausted voice.

Some of what he had to say was mystifying in that Trump kind of way. In that way that no other candidate could possibly get away with and still be in the race.

You may recall a virtual frenzy among the left and the media when John McCain jokingly said “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran.” Donald Trump is able to simply walk past such outrages, partly on the absolutely unbreakable fandom of his devoted followers, partly (in this case) because that’s exactly what most Americans would like to do to ISIS, and partly because the media are leeching ratings and money off of his appearances on their networks. The cameras are on him so often and so continuously because he is so unpredictable. You never know when he might, for example, point out what he thinks Ben Carson has in common with child molesters. That unpredictability, in fact, is a selling point to his followers as well.

Ricochet has more tweets here for the full picture, which Gabriel says shows Trump was “having an off night”.

Jenna Johnson goes into detail on the 95 minute speech at the Washington Post. Trump stabbed at Carson for the second time today.

Gone was the candidate’s recent bout of composure and control on the campaign trail. As Trump ranted on and on, campaign staffers with microphones who were supposed to take questions from the audience instead took a seat, trying to cheer their boss here and there. The audience laughed at times and clapped for many of Trump’s sharp insults. But an hour and 20 minutes into the speech, people who were standing on risers on the stage behind Trump sat down. The applause came less often and less loud. As Trump skewered Carson in deeply personal language, a sense of discomfort settled on the crowd of roughly 1,500. Several people shook their heads or whispered to their neighbors.

He also doubled down on the molester moment:

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.”

And yet Carson is doing well in the polls, Trump said in disbelief.

“How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Trump said. “How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”

There’s a lot more on Twitter and at the above links, including video of Trump literally acting out the Carson belt stabbing story. A strange night and a strange day for Donald Trump and this, the strangest of any recent presidential primary for either party.

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