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Well, This Is Bad — Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Just Got Caught Lying About His Acceptance And 'Full Scholarship' To West Point!

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The walls are closing in on the presidential campaign of current GOP frontrunner Dr. Ben Carson!

Not only did he reveal he thinks transgender people make everybody else uncomfortable, but now a major point in his inspirational personal story has been exposed as a lie.

According to a report from POLITICO, the famed neurosurgeon — who is currently running atop the GOP polls, ahead of even Donald Trump — fabricated a story about applying and being accepted into the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Carson first told the story years ago in his memoir Gifted Hands, describing how as a 17-year-old high school student he met and dined with General William Westmoreland in 1969.

At the time, Westmoreland had just finished his duty as the commander of American forces in the Vietnam War — an extremely powerful and well-connected position. Carson alleged that Westmoreland was so taken with the young student from Detroit, the academy offered him a "full scholarship" to attend.

There's only one teeny, tiny problem with Carson's story… it's a complete lie!

West Point has no record at all of Carson ever applying, receiving a scholarship, or considering whether to attend the school, according to spokeswoman Theresa Brinkerhoff:

"In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General. If [Carson] chose to pursue (the application process) then we would have records indicating such."

Oops!

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When POLITICO confronted Carson's campaign with this little piece of evidence, campaign manager Barry Bennett acknowledged the oft-repeated story was actually a lie, and backtracked to a defense of the candidate:

"Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit. 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. 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."

Hmmm. Now Carson "believes" he met General Westmoreland at a banquet. Should we "believe" that too, or…??

There's another hole in Carson's long-used-and-now-proven-false story, too; West Point doesn't need to offer "full scholarships" to those accepted, because attending the prestigious academy is completely free!

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For what it's worth — and going directly against campaign manager Bennett's back tracking — here are Carson's exact words in Gifted Hands about meeting General Westmoreland:

"I felt so proud, my chest bursting with ribbons and braids of every kind. To make it more wonderful, we had important visitors that day. Two soldiers who had won the Congressional Medal of Honor in Viet Nam were present. More exciting to me, General William Westmoreland (very prominent in the Viet Nam war) attended with an impressive entourage. Afterward, Sgt. Hunt [Carson's high school ROTC director] introduced me to General Westmoreland, and I had dinner with him and the Congressional Medal winners. Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point."

Uh-huh. Sure, Dr. Carson.

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Carson was apparently so in love with his fabricated story that he retold it in another book from January 2015 aimed at teenagers and called — no joke here — You Have A Brain:

"[A high school ROTC] position allowed me the chance to meet four-star general William Westmoreland, who had commanded all American forces in Vietnam before being promoted to Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. I also represented the Junior ROTC at a dinner for Congressional Medal of Honor winners, marched at the front of Detroit's Memorial Day parade as head of an ROTC contingent, and was offered a full scholarship to West Point."

No, sir, you weren't.

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Cecil Murphey, the man who ghost-wrote Gifted Hands for Carson, suddenly got a hazy memory when POLITICO confronted him about the lie, too:

"My gut response is that it was not a private meeting but there were others there. The general took a liking to Ben and opened doors."

Mmm-hmm. A "liking" is quite a bit less specific than a "full scholarship," isn't it?

Wow.

But hey, keep up all the great work, Dr. Carson! LOLz!!

[Image via Johnny Louis/WENN.]

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