Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has spoken out on the campaign trail about his rough childhood and his formerly-violent temper, but there’s one person who doesn’t buy it, and that person is Donald Trump. On Twitter Thursday Trump questioned Carson’s claim that he stabbed his friend with a camping knife as a teen, saying that it could be a “total fabrication,” or, if true, not at the inspiring Carson turning-point story that Carson claims it is. Carson has told the stabbing story many times throughout his career (in a number of his books, as well as in interviews and speeches). He describes his young, angry self pulling a knife on a friend after a disagreement. He tries to stab his friend in the stomach, but hits his metal belt buckle instead, breaking the knife, and scaring himself straight. The incident was purportedly the catalyst that led Carson to his faith and put him on the path to Yale, an accomplished career as a renowned neurosurgeon, and, eventually, a presidential candidate.
While it might not be surprising that Donald Trump is calling Carson out (who doesn’t Donald Trump call out these days?), it looks like he’s actually not the only one questioning the validity of the story.
"The explanation is that it occurred over 50 years ago. Have you ever played that party game where you whisper into the person's ear, and then they tell it, and by the time it gets around, it's a different story? That's what we're talking about."
Regardless of the details of the story, it is kind of unusual to see presidential hopefuls debating about whether or not one of them actually tried to stab someone as a child — with the candidate in question trying to argue that yes, he really did do it. But then again, as with all political campaigns, the 2016 presidential election has been full of questionable remarks and head-scratching moments from pretty much everyone involved. Here are four other comments from GOP candidates that made us ask, “did they really just say that?”: