Carson speaks to the media before a Nov. 6 gala for the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Whether Ben Carson fudged a bit on that offer of a “full scholarship” to West Point or it’s a question of “semantics,” as he told reporters on Nov. 6, it wouldn’t be the first time a politician misrepresented their military experience.
The West Point story is a central one to Carson’s narrative. He has said for years he was offered a “full scholarship” to the military academy — but admitted last week he was encouraged to apply, but hadn’t received an official invitation nor did he apply.
He told CBS he wasn’t being deceitful. “I think it’s a matter of semantics,” he said.
Others couldn’t make the same argument when they reinvented military history. Full story