Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign has admitted that the Republican presidential candidate’s claim to have been admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point is a fabrication. According to media reports on November 6, a key part of his inspiring story of triumph over great odds, there is no record of Carson’s application or admission to West Point.
In his book, “Gifted Hands,” Carson claimed that when he was 17-yeard-old he was introduced to Gen. William Westmoreland – the commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. He also claimed that the two dined together. This was followed, according to Carson, with a “full scholarship” to West Point.
Of the development, a post penned by a writer with the pseudonym “Hunter” wrote: “Unbelievable. As in, apparently nothing Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson ever says should be believed.”
Carson once attended a banquet where he had a brief conversation with Westmoreland, who had just completed his tour as commander in Vietnam. There are reports that while Carson spoke with others at West Point, who told him that he could apply, there was no application or scholarship. Carson was the top Junior ROTC student in Detroit in 1969 and it was then that he met Westmoreland.
On Twitter, for his part, Republican front-runner Donald Trump continued to comment on his lead over the retired neurosurgeon: