Another day, another Ben Carson lie exposed:
Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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.
When presented with this evidence, Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false.
It will be interesting to see how the Republican base reacts- generally, faking or fabricating military service is one of the unforgivable sins, or so they say. There are of course nuances to the Calvinball rules- actual military service is denigrated if it does not fit the narrative (see also Beauchamp, John Kerry, etc.), but this kind of lie is generally frowned upon in wingnut circles. At any rate, you get the feeling that the way this GOP nomination is going, each one of the candidates is going to have their flirtation with being in front before their hubris drags them crashing back to earth and they end up settling on Jeb! or John Kasich or someone like them.
As a side note, IMHO, no profession has suffered more damage in my eyes in the last few years of enhanced wingnuttery than the medical profession. It’s been eye opening how many doctors are just sociopaths.