Ben Carson has managed to put his foot in his mouth AGAIN and now folks are calling the politician out for his absurd choice of words.
During an interview with SiriusXM Radio host Armstrong Williams on Wednesday, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary was asked to discuss the state of poverty and what actions could be made to reduce the number of people living in poverty. His response will blow your mind. (No pun intended)
“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” said Carson. Say whhhaaaattt???
He continued, “You take somebody who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee you in a little while they’ll be right back up there. 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.”
Carson also suggested that poverty can be contributed to parenting and “sense of strong values.” So per the usual, Twitter exploded with reaction to Ben’s comments.
Me every time Ben Carson opens his mouth. pic.twitter.com/WPN8uzWdf4
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) May 25, 2017
Whenever Ben Carson is trending – without even looking pic.twitter.com/fuh18Z539v
— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) May 24, 2017
Some people, however, defended Carson and suggested he all of all people can speak about poverty given his background growing up in Detroit.
Also defending Carson, Armstrong, who on Thursday morning wrote a blog about the conversation he had with the neurosurgeon. “He noted that at its core, poverty is the result of a “poverty mindset” that is often reinforced by family and social conditions,” he wrote in a post on The Hill. “The mainstream media immediately selected that quote and ran with it. The media’s implication was that “cruel, tone-deaf Carson blames poor people for their poverty.”
Read Armstrong’s full article here.
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