Friday, November 6, 2015

Ben Carson's Campaign Admits West Point Scholarship Never Happened

(Any underlines are mine.)

"Carson's campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The academy has occupied a central place in Carson's tale for years.  According to a story told in Carson's book, 'Gifted Hands,' the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together.  That meeting, according to Carson's telling, was followed by a 'full scholarship' to the military academy.

West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission....

...When presented with this evidence, Carson's campaign conceded the story was false.

'Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,' campaign manager Barry Bennet wrote in an email to POLITICO.  'In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland.  He believes it was at a banquet.  He can't remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson's performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.'"

eye'm thynkin':  So, Doc Carson stretches the truth a bit in his book by making it sound like he shared an up close and personal meal with General Westmoreland.  When fact checkers question this, he now "believes" he met the General at a banquet, but can't remember "with specificity their brief conversation."  Yet, somehow, he was able to specifically retain a clear recollection of some phantom scholarship?

Mark this on your calendar: November 6, 2015.  The collapse of Ben Carson's presidential aspirations .  And so it begins.

Read more at Politico

1 comment:

  1. I am thinking that if he excelled so much during his ROTC training, then he must have had some interest in it. Meeting someone as famous/notorious as Westmoreland clearly would have been etched in his memory. Hell, he is a neurosurgeon... even he should understand that. Carson's campaign has been nothing but lies and fantasy. He was never a "thug" as he once said. He just said it to make him sound "reborn" in the eyes of a church. Apparently, if you aren't bad and have been reborn, the church doesn't like you. So, again, he tried to make himself sound like he had a "challenging" childhood. The only truth (I think) is that a lot of his life was spent on public assistance. Something that he would try to outlaw if he were to be elected. But the amazing thing is that sooooo many republicans like him. Incredulously, he is ahead of trump in many polls. I have never seen such a collective amount of hypocrisy, lunacy, hatred, and dishonesty as I have so far during this campaign. And sadly, we still have a year to go.