Ben Carson Probably Lied About Telling Gunman To Shoot Cashier In Popeye’s Chicken

Presidential candidate Ben Carson recently spun a fantastical tale of cowardice that was so embarrassing for him that it couldn’t possibly be a lie. According to Carson, he was once held at gunpoint in a Baltimore Popeye’s Chicken. Carson says that he, in an unbelievable showing of either self-preservation, gutlessness, or both, told the gunman to shoot the clerk instead:

“I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeyes [in Baltimore]. … A guy comes in, puts the gun in my ribs, and I just said, “I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.” … He said, ‘Oh, okay.'”

Hear that for yourself, here:

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This, of course, is in direct contradiction to Carson’s remarks  that, if he were at the scene of the bloody UCC shooting, he would bravely rally people to attack the shooter, even sacrificing his own life to save others:

“I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.'”

To Carson, however, there is no contradiction between his hypothetical actions and his alleged actions at Popeye’s. Asked in an interview with Sirius XM why the cashier — a low-wage employee — was the “appropriate person,” and whether or not he was a bit of a hypocrite for his sniveling, self-serving timidity, Carson explained that these were two “very different” scenarios.

“I’m not justifying the fact that he’s coming in to rob the place [in Baltimore], but you’ve got to be able to distinguish between somebody who is trying to rob a joint and somebody who is trying to kill you,” Carson explained. “I wasn’t fearful for my life at all. I knew why he was there.”

Carson’s Popeye’s story has a problem outside of the obvious fact that using another human being as a shield is never OK: It doesn’t seem to have happened. The story lacks specifics, like where or when the incident occurred in Baltimore, but he did mention he was a doctor at the time. But the Baltimore Sun reports that there doesn’t seem to be any incident matching Carson’s story:

A Carson spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment Thursday or for more details as to when and where the incident occurred.

Baltimore Police said Thursday that they could not find any report related to the incident based on the little information that Carson had provided.

“We searched for it and based on the general statement, we have no report,” said T.J. Smith, the department’s chief spokesman. “Need more info.”

There has been a Popeye’s franchise on North Broadway — just south of the Hopkins medical campus — for many years. But without more information, Carson just as well could have been talking about a Popeye’s in Baltimore County, where he used to live, Smith said.

A request for comment from Popeye’s was not returned Thursday.

Conservatives are pathological liars. We all know this. It impossible not to know after watching Carly Fiorina speak for five minutes. But Carson has managed to slip the truth a strong dose of Rohypnol and “Bill Cosby” it in an effort to make himself look like the worst person ever — a feat one could not expect from even the failed Hewlett-Packard CEO.

Which is worse — that Carson thinks a story about telling a gunman to kill someone else is beneficial to his campaign, or that he would lie about it?

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