Surprise, surprise. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has admitted to yet another lie.
Carson’s campaign confessed to POLITICO on Friday that a key point in his glorified personal story never happened — the talented yet neurotically Islamophobic surgeon was never accepted and offered a full scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
In Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” Carson claimed he dined with Gen. William Westmoreland in Detroit, and that meeting culminated in his acceptance and scholarship offer — except that pertinent detail never actually occurred.
“Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” campaign manager Barry Bennett told 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.”
“He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors,” Bennett continued. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”
"West Point was used by Nazis to store grain during Biblical times. I'll stab anyone who says otherwise." -Your Next President— The Jewvian (@Jewvian) November 6, 2015
West Point has a rigorous and excessive admission process where a prospective cadet must be nominated by a member of Congress or other prominent government official. If accepted, all costs are covered — no “full scholarships” exist.
While a West Point spokesman said it is possible Carson spoke with Westmoreland, records indicate the general was in Washington — not Detroit — on the fateful day Carson alleged to have met him.
some people believe West Point is a military academy. my own personal theory is that George Washington built it in order to store grain.— joe mande (@JoeMande) November 6, 2015
Carson has been caught with his pants down under a host of numerous lies lately. From almost stabbing a friend to asserting the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain, Carson refuses to remove himself from his fairytale wonderland and enter back into reality despite reports that refute his lies. A president should be honest, trustworthy and definitely not delusional, but Carson clearly isn’t hitting those relevant standards in his campaign.
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