GOP CANDIDATE UNDER FIRE …
We heard Ben Carson speak earlier this year and left the room thoroughly unimpressed …
Still, lots of people like him. In fact the retired neurosurgeon is currently one of the frontrunners for the “Republican” presidential nomination.
For how long, though?
Carson’s compelling personal narrative – a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign – is taking on water in the wake of several media reports suggesting that numerous details of his personal life have been fabricated. And while the candidate is firing back at the liberal media (and his political opponents) – calling the reports “garbage” – at least some of the charges are holding up.
For example according to Politico, Carson’s campaign is confirming that a story included in his book “Gifted Hands” about his application and acceptance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was inaccurate.
West Point has no record of Carson ever applying at the school – let alone being accepted, as Carson has claimed.
“When presented with this evidence, Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false,” Politico‘s Kyle Cheney reported.
This story broke not long after a CNN investigation into other aspects of Carson’s personal narrative uncovered numerous inconsistencies. Specifically, the network was unable to corroborate Carson’s claim that he committed multiple acts of juvenile violence – including stabbing a boy named “Bob” and beating another child named “Jerry” with a lock while growing up on the mean streets of Detroit.
“At the core of his narrative of spiritual redemption are his acts of violence as an angry young man – stabbing, rock throwing, brick hurling and baseball bat beating – that preceded Carson’s sudden transformation into the composed figure who stands before voters today,” CNN’s Scott Glover and Maeve Reston reported.
None of those violent outbursts were able to be confirmed, though – and friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson told CNN they had no memory of the incidents he outlined.
Carson’s campaign declined to offer any supporting information to corroborate his claims prior to the report being published – but the candidate ripped the results of the investigation.
“It’s a bunch of lies,” he said. “That’s what it is. A bunch of lies, attempting to say that I’m lying about my history. I think it’s pathetic.”
Carson said he changed the names of the victims of his juvenile violence, and that it wasn’t widely known among his peers.
“I want to point out how silly the CNN investigation is,” he told Fox News. “Because when I would have flashes of temper, it would only be the people who were directly involved. It wouldn’t be something that everyone else knows.”
According to the latest aggregate polling from Real Clear Politics, Carson had just pulled ahead of Donald Trump among GOP voters nationwide – largely on the basis of a recent NBC/ Wall Street Journal survey that showed him with a six-point lead.
Never one to pull a punch, Trump responded to the Carson story by saying his “Republican” rival’s personal history could be a “total fabrication.”