Sunday, 17 November, 2019

Ben Carson Blames His Wife and Disparages Trans Women

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Patty Aguilar | 26 March, 2018, 02:22

HUD spokesman Raffi Williams initially told media outlets that "Mrs. Carson and the secretary had no awareness that the table was being purchased", when news of its purchase became public in February, and emails between HUD staffers emerged later that indicated that Carson and his wife had weighed in on the purchase. In the emails, an employee details that she had "printouts of the furniture Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out" dated in August of previous year.

Carson on Wednesday said that he looked at catalogues but the prices were too high.

The HUD secretary said that the purchase was actually made by his wife, Candy Carson, because of safety precautions due to "facilities" issues as opposed to exclusively for decorating purposes.

"People had been stuck by nails, a chair had collapsed with somebody sitting in it", he said.

"It's my understanding that the facilities people felt that the dining room table was actually risky", he said.

He said Mrs. Carson chose the style and color "with the caveat that we were not happy with the pricing and they needed to find something", he said.

"Instead of taking responsibility, Mr. Secretary, you seem to want to blame others", Brown said in his opening remarks during a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing. "And I have to say I am very concerned that you picked compliance costs as your answer when how you previously described your real concern as, quote, 'This is a failed socialist experiment to try and reduce discrimination'".

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"You know, the next thing that I quite frankly heard about it was that this $31,000 table had been bought", he said.

The draft of the new statement, first reported by the Huffington Post, references "self-sufficiency", which Carson has emphasized as part of an effort to get people out of public housing and assistance programs. A response should be coming soon, he said.

"Mission statements may not be policy directives but in this case, you've established a pattern and a practice of suggesting that HUD intends to reverse course and ignore its statutory obligation to end housing discrimination and promote inclusive communities".

Sherrod Brown of OH, the committee's senior Democrat, said Carson was filling positions at Hud "based on patronage rather than competence", after the Guardian revealed that Carson's chief information officer hired as an adviser a friend who has been repeatedly accused of fraud.

"I think I explained it to you quite well", Carson said, but Warren wasn't letting it go.

The flap over the expensive dining table is one of many episodes involving expenditures by Trump Cabinet members that have drawn scrutiny. Even if the secretary's guests were having their evenings (and their formalwear) ruined by ill-timed puncture wounds, though, Carson's proffered explanation fails to address why the chosen solution to this problem was a $31,000 one. And Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is now under scrutiny for a trip of an estimated $120,000 to Italy along with nine other agency officials, that included $36,000 for use of a military jet to catch a flight in NY.

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