Janell Ross writes for WaPo:
There are many things about Donald Trump's run for president that are counterintuitive, unconventional and perhaps even precedent-setting.
The man kicked off his campaign by insulting an entire group of people. He became the Republican presidential front-runner without so much as a campaign ad explaining his recently minted relationship with his party or how the life-long private sector empire builder will rapidly gain the skills necessary to govern. And now, he's delivered a speech — many have called it a rant — in Iowa that ran 95 minutes. It included this question about Republican contender Ben Carson's claims that a belt buckle saved a friend who, in a fit of rage, Carson tried to stab.
"How stupid are the people of Iowa?" Trump asked. "How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?"
That is what Donald Trump said to an audience in Iowa, while presumably stumping for their votes. Carson leads Trump in recent polls of Iowa Republican voters. So Trump has, of late, spent some time on the attack. But reasonable people have to wonder what, exactly, was Trump really doing Thursday?
There are at least two very distinct possibilities. Each is perhaps as outlandish and yet somehow feasible as the other.
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