Republican frontrunner Ben Carson is under fire today after Politico uncovered he lied about being accepted into West Point, the nation’s most elite military academy.

In his popular book, Gifted Hands, Carson talked about turning down a full scholarship to West Point in order to pursue his now-storied medical career. However, after attempting to verify Carson’s story with officials at the military academy, Politico found Carson’s account to be false.

“In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for West Point, told Politico. “If he chose to pursue (the application process), then we would have records indicating such.”

Despite not even applying to the school, Carson’s campaign downplayed Politico’s findings.

“Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” Barry Bennett, Carson’s campaign manager, said 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.”

Bennett added: “He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors. 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.”

The admissions process to West Point is extremely difficult. Applicants can’t even seek entry without first being nominated by a member of Congress or prominent government official.

It remains to be seen if this latest revelation about Carson will affect his rising poll numbers, but his closest rival, Donald Trump, called it a “big story.”

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  • [email protected]

    This story represents how people will investigate his claims. That claim is faulty. His political opponents (like the racist and misogynist Trump) will definitely use this story in a way to try to get at him politically. Ben Carson voluntarily chose to be in a party that is filled with racists, sexists, xenophobes, and war mongers. So, he consciously decided to make outlandish, offensive statements. Corporate exploitation has existed in both business major parties in America. Ben Carson is someone who I don’t agree with ideologically. It is certainly our responsibility to move forward, stand on the principles that progressive people fought and died for, and advance racial, social, educational, environmental, and economic justice for all people. One very important part of living life is to respect ourselves and our neighbors.

    • Chazz A

      Agreed. I’ve had enough of this clown brother Truth, especially after his outrageous theory that the great Pyramids were initially built to store grain SMH

    • [email protected]

      Exactly Brother Chazz A. The Great Pyramids were not just built for tombs. They have great astronomical significance and they are geometric wonders. They were built also to reflect the genius of ancient humans. The lie promoted by some is that ancient humans were inferior intellectually. Today, we know that ancient people of color including black people made excellent contributions back in the day.

    • Mary Burrell

      Or that craziness about getting robbed at Popeyes chicken telling the robbers to rob someone else. This man was a brain surgeon and yet he doesn’t engage his brain when he is throwing black people under the bus.

    • Chazz A


    • blogdiz

      “Ben Carson voluntarily chose to be in a party that is filled with racists, sexists, xenophobes, and war mongers. So, he consciously decided to make outlandish, offensive statements”
      Say that ! Black people who act as tools and stooges for institutionalised racism and white supremacy get no sympathy from me when the same people use them and turn around and bite them in thier a$$

    • [email protected]

      Thanks for for you words Sister. These puppets of white supremacists want to placate the evil, false stereotypes of black people too. They don’t see that their actions are not revolutionary and they act in detriment to real, meaningful social progress.

    • Mary Burrell

      You better say that. That’s it in a nutshell.

  • Joy Kaine

    He has such a storied background, and he’s one of many to prove you can achieve success facing difficult challenges. He gained nothing from lying.

    • Lelani

      You’re right. He is clearly intelligent and hardworking to have achieved so much in his medical career. There’s no reason to lie or embellish his life story. This just makes him seem phony.

  • I guess this means it is about time for his NWC. He should have learned from Herman Cain.

    • Mary Burrell

      I hear you about reading his book.

    • Mary Burrell

      He should have learned from Herman Cain. Yes he should have that’s a great point.

  • Darkness901

    This will hurt Carson. He should have known better. But he will learn now.