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Ben Carson, whom was appointed to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), just made the ultimate gaffe in front of Elizabeth Warren.
Sen. Warren (D-Massachusetts), who sits on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, asked Dr. Carson — who has no experience managing a vast federal bureaucracy — about whether or not he would direct HUD funding to President-elect Trump’s real estate projects. In Carson’s response, a slip of the tongue appeared to suggest he would direct HUD, which is tasked to provide low-income families with public housing, to not lift a finger to help anyone.
ELIZABETH WARREN: “My concern is that among the billions of dollars that you will be responsible for handing out in grants in loans. Can you just assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family?”
BEN CARSON: ““It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American. It’s for all Americans.”
The gaffe, which was an obvious Freudian slip, nonetheless prompted shocked reactions from political observers on Twitter. Carson has made comments in the past hinting that poverty is a “choice,” and has said he wants to “eliminate dependence on government,” even though he grew up on food stamps and took free classes thanks to government-funded programs. Given his criticism of anti-poverty programs, the gaffe seemed like a moment of honesty for Carson.
“It will not be my intention to do anything that will benefit any American” — Ben Carson, with an all-time great gaffe.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 12, 2017
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— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017
While grilling Carson, Warren made the point that the next potential HUD secretary would be unable to ensure that billions of dollars in taxpayer money wouldn’t be inadvertently directed to Trump’s businesses, as the President-elect has refused to make his tax returns public, showing what assets are still in his name and what aren’t. Trump’s unprecedented move to leave his business empire in the hands of his two adult sons, rather than to sell off his assets and put them in a blind trust, prompted a stern response from the head of the Office of Government Ethics, who described Trump’s conflict of interest plan as “inadequate” at best.
Watch the video of Sen. Warren’s exchange with Dr. Carson below, courtesy of The Raw Story:
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.
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