by Meghna Kumar
Recently, allegations against presidential candidate Ben Carson’s past have been brought forth. In his book, Carson stated, “I was offered a full scholarship to West Point. I didn’t refuse the scholarship outright, but I let them know that a military career wasn’t where I saw myself going. As overjoyed as I felt to be offered such a scholarship, I wasn’t really tempted.” While on the campaign trail, however, he claimed to never have applied to West Point. When this inconsistency was highlighted, a spokesperson responded stating, “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. There are ‘Service Connected’ nominations for stellar high school ROTC appointments. Again he was the top ROTC student in Detroit. I would argue strongly that an appointment is indeed an amazing full scholarship.”
Additionally, Carson’s multiple claims that he was violent and troubled as a youth have yet to be confirmed by his family or friends, with many of his peers from school describing him as bookish and harmless. This has brought suspicion regarding many of his other claims, including one in which he claims that he only had enough money to apply to one medical school, Yale, and somehow was accepted.
Amidst this period of turmoil, Carson has hired a rapper known by the name Aspiring Mogul to release a rap song. The 60-second advertisement has aired in eight cities and has garnered many critics within days of its release. The goal of the rap song is to appeal to and gain support from young black voters.