Maxine Waters Rips Ben Carson: He ‘Doesn’t Care About People In Public Housing’
Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in a speech Saturday, saying Carson “doesn’t care about people in public housing.”
Speaking at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, the outspoken Democrat ripped Carson for claiming that poverty was “a state of mind.”
“Carson doesn’t care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your own fault. And he doesn’t know the difference between an immigrant and a slave,” she said.
Waters was referring to Carson’s remarks at a March event for HUD employees in which he referred to slaves brought to America as “immigrants.”
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson had said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
“You take somebody that has the right mindset, you take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there,” he said in a SiriusXM radio interview in May. “And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”
Waters also warned Carson that she would tough on him when he testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services, on which she is the ranking member.
“If he thinks that I am going to give him a pass, I am going to take his ass apart,” Waters said.