Dare we say, "A dud for H.U.D."?
President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has never held public office, as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. [snip]
Carson, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, told Fox News last month that he was considering the position. This was a shift from his earlier assertion that he wasn’t qualified for a Cabinet position. (our emphasis)His earlier assertion was correct. Too bad this is a time he didn't listen to the few semi- rational voices in his head.
As HUD chief, Carson will be tasked with setting housing policies for the Trump Administration, including access to affordable housing and community development. Carson’s comments on certain anti-discrimination policies ― he has called one plan a “mandated social-engineering scheme” ― is likely to concern some fair housing advocates. (our emphasis)You might say that.
Let's remember Bennie the Blade's previous encounter with a large development project:
“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said in a 1998 commencement speech at Andrews University, unearthed by BuzzFeed. “Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big — when you stop and think about it, and I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time — to store that much grain.”So, neo- fascist ignoramus Donald "Rump" Trump has selected a fellow ignoramus for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, someone with no experience in housing policy, much less managing a large bureaucracy with a multi- billion dollar budget, who is also hostile to fair housing policies. This should turn out well.
BONUS: Steve Benen on Rump's "most ridiculous" Cabinet selection thus far (and why the Senate shouldn't confirm him).
(Photo: Whaaat?! Dr. Ben "Benny the Blade" Carson, "not qualified" for a Cabinet position, per Dr. Ben "Benny the Blade" Carson.)