While addressing employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday, Ben Carson continued to show why he’s far from the best choice to be the head of it.
The highly-esteemed former neurosurgeon was attempting to give immigrants credit for the hard work that they do before his train of thought took a drastic detour and he implied that slavery was a form of immigration, according to CNN.
“There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land,” said Carson.
Did you hear that? That was the sound of the entire world going silent and staring blankly at a man who just called slaves “other immigrants who came in the bottom of slaves ships.”
“And do you know of all the nations in the world, this one, the United States of America, is the only one big enough and great enough to allow all those people to realize their dream. And this is our opportunity to enhance that dream,” he then added.
After there was a noticeably confused and frustrated reaction from thousands of Twitter users, Carson did as all of Trump’s cabinet has done after being caught saying the wrong thing and backpedaled.
“Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders” read a statement on his Facebook page. “The Immigrants made the choice to come to America.”
“The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten,” it continued.
Again, how can people be comfortable with someone heading HUD who consistently shows no connection to issues that affect the people the department directly impacts?