Editorial

Trump campaign insults Iowa and Monsanto

Monday, October 26, 2015

Will inevitable setbacks in the Trump campaign cause him to become too offensive even for his offense-accepting supporters?

For months now, Trump has been riding a wave of being at the top of the polls among GOP presidential candidates nationwide and in early contest states. His support grew stronger when he lashed out at critics with insulting remarks.

However, the insults-are-entertainment crowd may find a sore loser less acceptable than an ungracious winner. Also, insulting Iowans and insulting a major ag industry is definitely unwise at this stage of the contest.

A tweet passed on from Trump's Twitter account commented on the fact that Ben Carson now leads Trump in the polls in Iowa. The comment, minus the hashtags, reads, "Ben Carson is now leading in the polls in Iowa. Too much Monsanto in the corn creates issues in the brain?"

A little less than four hours later, Trump's Twitter account tweeted, "The young intern who accidentally did a Retweet apologizes."

We are skeptical about the assertion that an intern issued an unauthorized retweet, but regardless of who issued the retweet, Trump's struggle to regain his lead in Iowa has become more difficult.

This might serve as a warning to Trump that he will need to modify his shoot-from-the-hip style, if that is even possible for him.