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Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative presidential candidate, received a formal pick as secretary of housing and urban development from Republican President-elect Donald Trump this week. Despite his near-total lack of formal qualifications for the role, some Carson supporters touted his rough-and-tumble upbringing as a young black child in Detroit as evidence he understands urban policy — specifically the fact he himself grew up in public housing.

Notable backers of this theory included former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Armstrong Williams, Carson’s close friend and spokesman.

Except the part about public housing isn’t true. In a correction posted to a New York Times article Monday, the Times wrote Williams told the paper the neurosurgeon grew up in subsidized housing, but later changed his story.

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Trump HUD pick Ben Carson didn't live in public housing after all

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