Commenting on the controversy sparked by President Donald Trump’s racist tweets, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he does not believe President Trump is a racist, nor did he find the president’s tweets telling minority congresswomen to “go back” to other countries to be racist.
Trump sparked an uproar on Sunday morning when he tweeted that the progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” But Carson has no problem with that.
“I have an advantage of knowing the president very well and he’s not a racist,” Carson said on “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News. “His comments are not racist, but he loves the country very much. And he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well.”
Carson, who is the only black Cabinet secretary in the Trump administration, pointed to the president’s economic record when asked what he may have meant in his tweets targeting the progressive lawmakers.
“I think you can see what the president means by looking at his accomplishments,” Carson said. “Look at his policies. Under this president you see the rising tide lifting all boats. You see low unemployment — record low — for blacks, for Hispanics, for all the demographics of our nation.
“When you have somebody spending this much time and this much effort trying to elevate those who are vulnerable and who are suffering in our society, I think we should pay a lot more attention to what they are doing than what anyone is saying,” he added.
Meanwhile, Trump has doubled down on his attacks against Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.). He claimed that the lawmakers “hate our country” and should go elsewhere.
The House voted Tuesday evening, 240-187, to formally condemn the tweets as “racist.” Four Republicans joined every House Democrat in voting for the measure.
Trump on Wednesday said he’s angry at Republicans who didn’t defend his tweets.
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