Presidential hopeful Ben Carson made headlines this weekend by telling NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he “tried to stab someone” at age 14.
Last year, in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Carson talked more in-depth about that fateful moment and how it changed his life.
“When I was a youngster, when I was a teenager, I almost stabbed someone. Had it not been for a belt buckle under their clothing, they would have been killed or seriously injured,” Carson told Ramos. “And it was the last time I ever did anything like that.”
“So what you’re saying is you almost killed someone when you were 14?” Ramos asked him.
“That’s correct,” Carson said. “I believe God had a different plan for my life.”
Carson made the comments in an October 2014 interview with Ramos, before he had announced his campaign for the presidency. He was discussing the recent news about domestic violence among NFL players, using his own story as an example of how episodes of domestic violence could be “an isolated incident.”
His own experience with violence, Carson told the Daily Caller, came when one of his friends angered him and he lunged at him with a knife. The knife broke against the belt buckle, Carson said, and he ran away terrified at what he had almost done.
In the interview with Ramos last year, Carson also had some interesting things to say about his future.
“No, I don’t want to be president,” he said with a smile. “Why would any sane person want to do that?”
Carson is currently leading the Republican primary polls in Iowa, the first caucus state. And now, it seems, he very much does want to be president.