Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday suggested that a rival presidential campaign had leaked information about his relationship to a medical supplement company to a conservative news outlet in order to discredit him.
National Review’s Jim Geraghty originally reported on Caron’s ties to the supplement maker Mannatech Inc. in January. Last week, he slammed the retired neurosurgeon after Carson claimed during the Republican presidential debate not to have had “an involvement” with Mannatech Inc. Geraghty described it as “bald-faced lies.”
On Tuesday, Breitbart executive editor Steven Bannon asked Carson in a radio interview whether the retired neurosurgeon thought that writers like Geraghty were unfairly singling him out for “special, brutal treatment.”
“Well, they’re concerned about — that obviously comes from someone on that debate stage,” Carson told Bannon on Sirius XM’s “Breitbart News Daily.” “That’s a submarine that’s sent by them. They’re very concerned about me, and they’re using National Review as their political tool. That’s pretty obvious.”
Bannon then asked if Carson believed that information was “leaked” to National Review or “weaponized” by another campaign.
“Absolutely,” Carson replied.
Later Tuesday, Geraghty tweeted that no campaign tipped him off about Carson’s connection to Mannatech:
No, @RealBenCarson, no other campaign contacted me about your connection to Mannatech.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 3, 2015
This post has been updated.