Ladies and gentlemen, the next nominee for the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be a person with absolutely no expertise with urban development:
“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. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
Ok, so the neurosurgeon, when nominated to run the Department of Health and Human Services, declined. Even though Carson is a doctor he said that he lacked the experience to run a federal department (one can only wonder why he ran for President). Now Carson is willing to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
What is Carson’s qualification for that? He owns a house? Oh wait! It’s housing and URBAN development, and Carson’s black, and we know from Trump’s campaign that the inner city is where all the black communities are! Yup:
“After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” Carson wrote. “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid.”
He is known for offering provocative commentary on a wide range of issues, including comparing the modern American government to Nazi Germany in a March 2014 interview with Breitbart, and saying at the Voter Values Summit in 2013 that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Yes, because people getting healthcare is kind of like them being owned and worked to death. Carson lacks the competence to make sensible comparisons, let alone run a federal agency.
And the mystery deepens, considering what Trump had previously said of Carson:
“With Ben Carson wanting to hit his mother on head with a hammer, stab a friend and Pyramids built for grain storage – don’t people get it?” Trump tweeted in November of 2015, when he and Carson were still rivals.
Drain the swamp! Drain the swamp! Hire only the best people! Down with cronyism in government!
I can’t believe we get at least four more years of this shit show.