Ben Carson Defends West Point Story But Otherwise Loses It At Press Conference
At a press conference in Florida tonight, Ben Carson defended his West Point story but started to lose his cool. To be fair, the Republican candidate had a rough day. It started early this morning when stories of Carson’s violent past couldn’t be confirmed. Despite the fact that he might have lied about being a rough around the edges, that he didn’t attack anyone with a baseball bat when he was younger should have been a good thing. But then, Politico ran a piece alleging that Carson also lied about a scholarship to West Point. Ouch.
Tonight it looked like the stress is starting to get to him. He’s been defending his story all day, later talking to the New York Times to clear things up. Carson just can’t remember the West Point details. And who can remember anything from high school, anyway?
I don’t remember all the specific details. Because I had done so extraordinarily well you know I was told that someone like me – they could get a scholarship to West Point. But I made it clear I was going to pursue a career in medicine.
Fair enough. But it looks like it’s Ben Carson's nap time. Doctors orders. Tonight he became super defensive, attacked President Obama, and it was overall pretty cringeworthy. Twitter wasn't kind and even his supporters were a little wary of how he handled questions.
Ben Carson: not ready for prime time.— Touré (@Toure) November 7, 2015
This Ben Carson press conference is priceless. pic.twitter.com/JUTC00QvV2— Ernest Modarelli (@EM_Four) November 7, 2015
What is he talking about during the press conference! #BenCarson his campaign need to stop this now!— Dru Ealons (@DruEalons) November 7, 2015
Ben Carson just gave his version of Allen Iverson's "we're talking about practice" press conference.— Matt May (@mattmay) November 7, 2015
Ben Carson's press conference re his falsifying academic record is hilariously depressing.— Kieran O'Connor (@_kieranoconnor) November 7, 2015
Ben Carson is totally uncomfortable and getting crushed at this press conference. #OffGuard— Montea Hawthorne (@MonteaHawthorne) November 7, 2015
I can't tell if Ben Carson is imploding right now in this press conference or what is happening...he looks insane. But that means nothing?— Chris M (@thechrismayer) November 7, 2015
This Ben Carson press conference is an amazing thing to watch.— Evan Halper (@evanhalper) November 7, 2015
No matter what you think of the candidate, you almost have to feel for the guy. After a day of being hounded be the press, it would be hard not to seem a little loony. Politics can't be for everyone.
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