Ben Carson: “I was violent, but I’ve changed.”
Ben Carson told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that despite his soft-spoken persona he used to have a quick temper that led to violent outbursts.
“As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone,” Carson told Todd last Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Todd asked Carson if he thought that “people mistake your soft-spokenness with a lack of energy?”
“I think so,” Carson responded. Continuing, he said: “I have plenty of energy. But, you know, I am soft-spoken. I do have a tendency to be relaxed. I wasn’t always like that,” adding: “There was a time when I was, you know, very volatile. But, you know, I changed.”
Todd asked him when he changed and Carson responded:
As a teenager. I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone. And, you know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. And I’m a very different person now.
You can watch a news clip from CNN, below, showing that portion of the interview: