Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s history is being questioned, specifically his recollection of being offered a scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and stabbing a friend during his troubled childhood.
The retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson has come under scrutiny for stating that he had been offered the scholarship to West Point, but declined it because he already had plans to go to medical school. According to Reuters, the political news website Politico offered a different account of the Ben Carson’s scholarship story, to which Carson’s campaign issued a statement on Friday that he was never really officially offered an application of a scholarship, nor did he ever apply for one. He said “It didn’t go to that extent. It was an offer to me, it was specifically made.”
West Point also issued a statement on Friday saying that there is no record of Carson completing an application.
However, according to Reuters, Dr. Carson has addressed the allegations and stated “This is a bunch of lies, this is what it is, it’s a bunch of lies attempting, you know, to say that I’m lying about my history. I think it’s pathetic.” On the other hand his main rival in the Republican field, businessman Donald Trump has said that Carson must explain a number of things about these serious allegations about West Point and the stabbing incident during Carson’s childhood. Trump has criticized Carson for making “strange” and “weird” statements.
Dr. Carson has also come under scrutiny for changing his account of his violent childhood experience of stabbing a friend. He has described the boy he has stabbed as a friend, but recently he gave a different account saying that the boy was actually a close relative. He has been speaking of the incident on his campaign trail, when mentioning that he has had flashes of violence during his childhood in inner city Detroit and his college life.
Carson, who is in dead heat with the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the 2016 Elections, Donald Trump, has been gathering the support of the majority of conservatives, but has also caught the attention of people who are questioning his credibility as a Commander in Chief.
Among the statements that may cost him his credibility, beside his claims that he was offered the scholarship to West Point, he has claimed that evolution is a theory from Satan, that Obamacare is like slavery, that homosexuality is a choice and that people go into prison straight and come out of prison gay and his latest gaffe is that the biblical figure Joseph was the one to build the Egyptian pyramids so that the people were able to use them to store grain.