Of all the things that you could get caught lying about, one thing is for sure you don’t lie about West Point Military Academy.
Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign has been caught in a fairly large lie in the months leading up to the first GOP presidential primary election.
According to a POLITICO report, Dr. Carson lied, and admitting to lying, about being offered a marksmanship scholarship from West Point Military Academy when he was a teen.
Of course, there are no “scholarships” per se to the nation’s military academies. Costs are covered for all students who are accepted into the schools in exchange for years of military service after graduation.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 6, 2015
When POLITICO was unable to find documentation of Dr. Carson’s acceptance, they reached out to the campaign and received the following response:
“Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” campaign manager Barry Bennett wrote in an email to 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 went on. “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.”
— Shepard Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) November 6, 2015
So, the campaign acknowledges that Carson was not offered an admission to West Point, but basically says Carson could have gotten it based on his accomplishments and contacts at the time. Carson also claimed he spoke to General Westmoreland, who encouraged him to apply. POLITICO also followed up on this:
The West Point spokeswoman said it is certainly possible Carson talked with Westmoreland, and perhaps the general even encouraged him to apply to West Point. However, she said the general would have explained the benefits of a West Point education without guaranteeing him entry.
It’s unclear how this will affect the Carson campaign.
Dr Carson said General William Westmoreland/West Point offered him a full scholarship to West Point. His campaign copes to the lie.
— thisoldgov.com (@thisoldgov) November 6, 2015
Seriously?? I actually liked this guy!! Isn't there anybody that can tell the truth anymore??? How can you… https://t.co/AvUMnZFvgl
— Adam Roseland (@AdamRoseland) November 6, 2015
What are your thoughts about this situation? Should Carson fight back and if so how? Should he bow out of the campaign? Share your thoughts below in the comment section.