Ben Carson’s story of being held at gunpoint in a Baltimore Popeye’s fried chicken restaurant is becoming even stranger.
During an interview earlier this month, Carson recalled how he once faced a man with a gun.
“I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye’s,” the pro-gun, soft spoken Republican candidate told host Karen Hunter on Sirius XM Radio.
“[A] guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs,” he added. “And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.’”
The gunman said “Oh, OK,’ and moved on,” Carson said.
So then the Baltimore police tried to find an incident report and they came up empty. They needed more information.
Carson, who is a vegetarian, and his camp tried to support his story by saying the former neurosurgeon told of the robbery in his 2006 book, ‘Take The Risk’.
The only problem is that the alleged incident is not in the book.
The story gets even more peculiar when it’s revealed that Carson is a vegetarian – and we all know how vegetarians hang out in fast food restaurants with fried chicken cooking around the clock.
A Carson spokeswoman said that the story remains “hazy” because it happened decades ago, according to Talking Points Memo.
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Carson’s remarks came following the mass shooting at an Oregon community college. He said he, “would not just stand there and let him shoot me” if he were in the same situation, and that the victims could have done more to fight back.
This from the same man who asked the gunman to point his gun at a worker in the fast food restaurant, instead.
In a different interview, Carson said he did not file a police report but thought a restaurant employee did.
“I can tell you categorically as a God-fearing Christian, it’s something that happened,” he said. “It’s not something I made up.”
Armstrong Williams, the business manager for Carson’s campaign, said Carson went to Popeye’s for french fries.
Campaign spokeswoman Ying Ma said on MSNBC on Wednesday that implications Carson lied about the incident were “completely outrageous.”
“A lot of the details are hazy because that incident did occur over 30 years ago,” Ma said. “I’m sure that a lot of even anchors here at MSNBC would have trouble remembering incidents from over 30 years ago.”
A spokesperson for Popeyes was not immediately aware of any records of such an incident during that time period.
It’s a scary story, not one that should be ‘hazy’ to remember.
I had a gun pulled on me once. I remember every second of it. It’s a thing you don’t forget because in reality, guns do kill people.
I wasn’t as calm as Carson. I yelled out, “THE MOTHER FUCKER HAS A GUN!”
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