Republican presidential front-runner Dr. Ben Carson is in the hot seat.
Questions have arisen surrounding his biography. The story of a young boy with anger problems from Detroit who one day turned into one of the world’s most profound neurosurgeon’s — was made up. Or at least key parts of it were.
In his book Gifted Hands, Carson recalls having dinner in May 1969 with Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just been in charge of US forces in Vietnam. Carson said that meeting led to a “full scholarship” offer from West Point.
After an investigation by Politico, Carson conceded Friday that he never applied, nor was granted admission — or a scholarship — to West Point Military academy, a story that had been perpetuated for several decades by the presidential candidate. West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission, according to Politico.
In the aftermath of the Dr. Martin Luther King assassination, Carson continues to tell a story about hiding a group of white classmates in his high school biology lab, where he worked part-time, in an effort to heroically shield them from the anger-fueled riots that were taking place. The Wall Street Journal interviewed a half-dozen of Carson’s former high school classmates, and his high school physics teacher, and could not confirm the account.
Carson is taking a stand against what he refers to as the “biased media,” and wants you believe the scrutiny he’s facing amounts to an apparent witch hunt on his character. During a media event Friday evening in Florida, he went on the attack.
“There is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find ways to tarnish me because they’ve been looking through everything, they have been talking to everybody I’ve ever known, everybody I’ve ever seen,” Carson said to reporters. “‘There’s got to be a scandal. There’s got to be some nurse he’s had an affair with. There’s got to be something.’ They have gotten desperate,” Carson continued. “Next week, it will be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants. It’s ridiculous. But it’s OK because I totally expect it.”
Saturday morning, he took to his Twitter account, thanking the “biased media” for their efforts in assisting his fundraising.
We the People have made 10,000 donations each day this week, raising $3.5M this week alone. Thank you biased media.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 7, 2015