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Resist Ben Carson’s Nomination For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

Resist Ben Carson’s Nomination For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

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4 reasons Ben Carson is unfit to be HUD secretary

1. Ben Carson is so woefully unqualified that he admits it. [TWEET THIS]

Although it didn’t deter him from seeking the highest office in the land, Dr. Carson released a statement saying he wouldn’t consider a position in Trump’s administration given his “lack of government experience: The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”

2. Doc Carson considers fair housing to be Communism. [TWEET THIS]

Under Carson, millions of low-income Americans and residents of color could stand to lose critical protections and housing resources. First on the chopping block — the Fair Housing and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Acts, which Carson has criticized. In 2015, Dr. Carson acknowledged that discrimination in housing practices exists, creating damage in communities of color, but he sharply disagreed with the Obama administration’s handling of antiquated housing laws meant to equalize the market.

According to Dr. Carson in his Washington Times piece, “These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse. There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous.”

The possible future HUD secretary asserts that the federal government’s commitment to ensuring equal housing is “overreaching” and reminiscent of communist countries. So much for fair housing.

3. FEC filings showed Ben Carson spent campaign money frivolously. Is this what awaits the HUD? [TWEET THIS]

Although the Carson campaign cranked out a large fundraising operation, FEC fillings show that the neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful’s team routinely spent its money frivolously. And HUD will become a lightning rod under Trump. HUD has been known to be a turbulent place under Republican administrations. With Carson at the helm, this would be no exception, especially with Trump’s own financial interests in real estate development. We can expect to see HUD become a deal making machine poised to set up Trump allies for years to come.

4. Aside from believing fair housing policies to be “Communist”, Carson also believes prison manufactures gays & war crimes are imaginary. [TWEET THIS]

Yep he said it: Prison manufactures gays. War crimes are imaginary. Muslims can’t hold public office. And Jews could have stopped Hitler, with their own guns.