President-elect Donald Trump has nominated famed neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson to his cabinet. Specifically, Carson will potentially head the Department of Housing and Urban Development if he’s confirmed by the Senate.
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement, according to CNN. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
“We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”
This is noticeably a shift in tune after Trump used to criticize Carson on the campaign trail for his own misinformed claims and noticeable lack of experience in the political field. Some of Carson’s biggest fumbles came when he theorized that the Egyptian pyramids were built to store grain and called Obama’s health care reform “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of life in inner cities and urban centers for the entirety of his campaign, citing hyperbolic rhetoric to try and make them appear as if they’re teetering on the edge of destruction and declaring that he has what it takes to fix it.
“The violence. The death. The lack of education. No jobs. We’re going to work with the African-American community and we’re going to solve the problem of the inner city,” Trump said at a rally in October. “We’re going to bring safety back. You can’t walk out the street, you buy a loaf of bread and you end up getting shot. So we’re going to work very strongly with the African American community.”
Apparently, Ben Carson is the cure to keep people from getting shot in bread lines.
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