Ben Carson, the mild mannered former neurosurgeon who was a real badass in his youth, has told some stories which can’t be corroborated or in another case, he tells a different version of events in several books.
Carson recently recalled, “As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers.” “And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone.” he said. “And, you know, fortunately … my life has been changed. And I’m a very different person now.”
But the story he’s telling is full of holes, just like his story about having a gun pulled on him at a Popeye’s fast food restaurant in Baltimore.
The Daily Beast reports:
In one version of the story, Carson attempts to stab a bully with a large camping knife he had been holding. In another, he pulls a pocketknife on his friend while listening to classical music at the friend’s house. So which is it?
Ben Carson, now surging to a national lead in the polls for the Republican nomination for president, has repeatedly told the story of one of his darkest moments: the time he attempted to stab a classmate in a fit of rage.
He referenced the incident most recently in response to Donald Trump’s accusation that Carson is “low-energy.”
“There was a time when I was, you know, very volatile,” Carson said. “But, you know, I changed.”
When Carson recalls the story, he explains that he was 14-years-old at the time of his badassery. He and his friend were arguing over radio stations when the disagreement escalated, so naturally, Carson tried to stab his friend but instead, the blade ended up hitting his friend’s belt buckle—causing the knife to break, thus saving Carson and his victim from harm.
But in one of his books released in 1996, Carson tries go all stab-y with a bully with a large camping knife he had been holding. In another, he pulls a pocketknife on his friend while listening to classical music at the friend’s house.
In one version of events, Carson runs off after the incident, goes home and finds God. In another version, the person he tried to stab runs off.
The Daily Beast’s article shows how many different ways Carson has told the story of that day.
Perhaps the biggest departure from the original version of the story comes in 2011’s America the Beautiful, in which the situation is described much more as a random encounter.
“Because of the racial and socioeconomic injustice I experienced as a boy, in my anger and frustration I began to retaliate by going after people with baseball bats, rocks, and knives. One day a boy pushed me too far. I told him to back off, but he wouldn’t quit pestering me. Finally, I pulled out my knife and lunged at him, striking him in the abdomen. He fell back, and for a moment I thought I had killed him, but just then my knife blade fell to the ground. It had hit his belt buckle and snapped in two.”
Sometimes it’s a ‘pocketknife’ and other times it’s a “large camping knife.” The victim’s role changes, too.
The Baltimore Police department have said they couldn’t find an incident police report to support his claim of having a gun pulled on him in Popeye’s.
Carson and his camp tried to support his story by saying the Republican Presidential candidate told of the robbery in his 2006 book, ‘Take The Risk’.
There’s just one little problem with that. It’s not in the book.
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