More lies have surfaced regarding Ben Carson and his tall tails of a violent past. This time is he admits fabricating a West Point scholarship. Carson’s campaign on Friday conceded that a central point in his inspirational personal story did not occur as he previously described.
A central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
When presented with these facts, Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false. Here he is at a the press conference yesterday defending himself:
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.
“In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” said Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for the academy. She said West Point has no records that indicate Carson even began the application process. “If he chose to pursue (the application process), then we would have records indicating such,” she said.