Another Weird Ben Carson Story: Did He Refuse A DNA Test In A ‘Blackmail’ Paternity Suit?

Another day, another weird Ben Carson story about the world famous neurosurgeon’s bizarre history. The man has said some weird shit. He’s also been caught lying about his West Point scholarship, meeting General Westmoreland, his time at Yale, and it seems he doesn’t know that signers of the Declaration of Independence were also office holders. When confronted about his inconsistencies, he’s he lost it.

Today, the Washington Post reported yet another odd Ben Carson tale which has been “discussed in speeches and an op-ed as recently as last year, that he was sued for paternity by an unnamed woman in Florida and refused to give a DNA sample to resolve the case.”

The event may have happened in 2003, but Mediaite uncovered it this weekend. Oddly enough, Carson wrote about the incident last year saying,

“I was quite shocked at such an allegation and informed them that I had three children, which I already support very ably. They said a woman in Florida was accusing me of being the father of her son, and that she had proof of our relationship. The proof turned out to be knowledge of where I went to high school, college, medical school, and where I served my internship and residency. To top all that off, she had a picture of me in scrubs. I said anyone could obtain such information. However, the paternity suit was pursued, and I had to involve my personal lawyer…

“As the case advanced, I was asked to provide a blood specimen to facilitate DNA testing. I refused on the basis of the incompetence of any governmental agency that was willing to pursue a paternity suit on such flimsy grounds. I said that level of incompetence would probably result in my blood specimen being found at a murder scene and me spending the rest of my life in prison.”

First, let’s talk about the absurdity of creating a government conspiracy out of a simple paternity test. Who comes up with an excuse like that? Second, paternity is done with a simple scrape of a cheek, blood isn’t needed and a doctor should know that. Third, I get that our judicial system isn’t exactly on the up and up with black Americans, but creating something straight out of a hard-boiled detective thriller as an excuse is unbalanced.

Even stranger still, given recent events, Carson ends his op-ed with this gem,

“I think the American people are just as forgiving today if people are willing to be honest. With so much at stake regarding our country’s future, I think now would be an excellent time to come clean for all national public figures who have been threatened by Chicago-style politics or who know that there are skeletons in their closet.”

Ironic to talk about honesty considering at no time in that op-ed did Carson come clean about lying about West Point, General Westmoreland, the Yale class and picture, protecting white students from black students protesting and who knows what else. There was no “willing to be honest” or “coming clean” that happened in that piece.

While on Meet the Press this past Sunday, Carson begged people to stop digging up his past and holding him accountable. “It’s time to really move on,” he said to Chuck Todd. “It’s not time to spend every single day talking about something that happened 50 years ago.”

If one is not a political leader, one has no legislative record on which to stand while running for public office. A candidate has merely their life, leadership, and experiences. When who you are as a human being is called into question and cannot be defended, the stability of the foundation on which the political aspirations stand is no longer stable. Such is the case of Ben Carson. Honesty, integrity, honor, responsibility and trust are all characteristics we seek in the President of the United States. At this point, American voters don’t know what is true and what isn’t anymore.

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