It looks like the Carson camp has got fed up with being asked for verification of his Popeye story and is now taking the tack of refusing to answer any more questions on the topic and expressing indignation that anyone would even ask for corroborating evidence and thus questioning the truth of the story
The Ben Carson campaign said Friday it will refuse to answer any more questions about an incident where the presidential candidate said he was held at gunpoint at a Popeyes restaurant and called any suggestions he’s not telling the truth about what happened “outrageous.”
“The incident at Popeyes occurred over 30 years ago. Suggestions that Dr. Carson is lying are outrageous. We will not entertain any further discussion on this issue,” Carson’s Deputy Communications Director Ying Ma told CNN in an email.
However, before completely shutting down the line of questioning, he and his campaign did add some new information. Carson said that while he did not file a police report, he believes that someone else did.
Armstrong Williams, the campaign’s business manager, said it occurred at the Popeyes on the corner of Broadway and Orleans Street in Baltimore between 1980 and 1983 when Carson was a resident at nearby Johns Hopkins hospital.
Williams said Dr. Carson had gone to the restaurant to get French fries.
Williams told CNN on Friday that Carson recalled people in the neighborhood chasing the robber down the street.
Baltimore police Tweeted on Thursday that Carson’s description of the incident provided insufficient information to locate a police report.
Lt. Jarron Jackson, a police spokesman, said Friday that the department would launch a new inquiry using the details provided by Williams. The request was made by CNN.
A spokesperson for Popeyes was not immediately aware of any records of such an incident during that time period.
Carson has also played the god card saying, “I can tell you categorically as a God-fearing Christian, it’s something that happened. It’s not something I made up.”
We have to take him at his word because we all know that Christians never lie or kill or commit adultery because prohibitions against them are in the Ten Commandments.
It is not that he is being accused of lying but he has to realize that when he recounts such a sensational story, he is obliged to back it up. This was not some idle dinner party chat. He told the story to a mass media outlet to burnish his credentials as a candidate for the presidency. Surely it should be easy to get corroboration from his family, friends, and colleagues that he told them this story at that time. Why have they not come forward yet? What about his wife? He married her in 1975 and he must have told her.
Maybe they soon will come forward or maybe there will be a police report of the event or maybe Popeye’s will find the incident in its files and the matter will be brought to rest.
But until then, Carson had better be prepared to be questioned repeatedly.