Senate Democrats battled with Dr. Ben Carson today during his confirmation hearing to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson shocked liberals by noting that no one should be entitled to additional equality… And every American should be treated equally.
Liberal Senator Sherrod Brown (R-OH) asked Carson about protections for gays living in public housing. Carson responded:
“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land. Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.”
Then, what Carson said next left shocked the Democrats:
“What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights.’”
ABC News reported how the rest of the confirmation hearing went:
“If there happens to be an extraordinarily good program that is working for millions of people and it turns out that someone that you’re targeting is going to gain $10 from it, am I going to say, ‘No, the rest of you Americans can’t have it’? I think logic and common sense will probably be the best way.”
The former Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon today cited his childhood of “housing insecurity” during remarks on Capitol Hill, where he faced the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs for the nomination hearing.
Carson, who often spoke on the campaign trail about growing up with an illiterate single mother in Detroit, referred to her in his opening statement amid some concerns about his qualifications to run the agency and commitment to its survival.
“She didn’t have any skills, basically a third-grade education, and we had no place to live,” he said. “She couldn’t afford the house, so we ended up moving to Boston, moving in with relatives. So I have actually in my life understood what housing insecurity was. And we were there in Boston for a couple of years.”
Carson faced harsh questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about whether President-elect Donald Trump might benefit financially from any of HUD’s housing programs.
Carson responded, “The things that I do are driven by a sense of morals and values I will absolutely not play favorites for anyone. It will not be my intention to benefit any American. I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people.”
Watch the clip here. This is incredible!
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