Ben Carson supporters scramble to defend their candidate after West Point lie exposed

Good luck with this one, folks!

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published November 6, 2015 5:52PM (EST)

  (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Now that Politico may have finally deflated Ben Carson's inflation to the top of the Republican presidential field with its new report that the retired neurosurgeon admits to fabricating his claim that he was awarded admission to West Point, some right-wing Twitter users are scrambling to defend him from a librul media pile-on.

Of course, we now have the Carson truther brigade -- conservatives who point to Carson's memoir "Gifted Hands" as proof that he never explicitly claimed to have received an appointment to West Point:

But most of the right-wing Twitter freakout turned into a giant exercise in deflection:

Even when conceding that Carson's lies may have rightfully caught up to him, right-wing Twitter still doubled down on the media bias trope:

The librul media is, of course, now racist:

A Fox News reporter was just left perplexed as to why a black conservative would even have any problems getting into West Point. Well, with his race and all ...


By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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