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CARSON SAID HE LACKED EXPERIENCE & HAD NO INTEREST IN THE CABINET

L.A. Times Headline “Ben Carson Says He Won't Join Trump's Cabinet Because He Has No Government Experience.”  [Los Angeles Times, 11/15/16]

Washington Post: Carson “Has Less Experience” Than Most Other Trump Appointments.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Carson, a neurosurgeon, has less experience for his proposed position than do most of Trump's other picks.”  [Washington Post, 12/13/16]

Carson Adviser: Carson Said He Would Only Accept An Appointment If Trump Couldn’t Find Anyone Else.  In December 2016 ABC News reported, “Carson adviser Armstrong Williams told ABC News nearly a month ago that the only way Carson would accept a cabinet position was if Trump could not find anyone else.”  [ABC News, 12/05/16]

Ben Carson Took Himself Out Of The Running For Trump’s Cabinet Because Of A Lack Of Experience.  In November 2016 the Los Angeles Times wrote, “But now the former Republican candidate has taken himself out of the running for a Cabinet position in Donald Trump's new administration because he believes he lacks the background necessary to manage a federal agency, according to Carson's longtime advisor.”  [Los Angeles Times, 11/15/16]

An Advisor Said Carson Wouldn’t Serve In The Cabinet Because It Would “Cripple The Presidency.”  In November 2016 the Los Angeles Times wrote, “’Dr. Carson doesn't feel like that's the best way for him to serve the president-elect,’ the advisor, Armstrong Williams, told Reuters.  ‘Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency,’ Williams told the Hill newspaper. ‘The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.’”  [Los Angeles Times, 11/15/16]

An Advisor Said Carson Had No Experience Running Agencies And It Was “Not His Strength.”  In November 2016 CNN reported, “Carson confidant Armstrong Williams said the former neurosurgeon and top Trump surrogate will continue to advise Trump from outside the White House but declined Trump's offer to join his administration as a cabinet-level official.  ‘He's never run an agency and it's a lot to ask. He's a neophyte and that's not his strength,’ Williams said, despite the fact that Carson vied for the Republican nomination to be the next president of the United States.”  [CNN, 11/15/16]

Carson Said He Didn’t Want To Be In Trump’s Government So He Wouldn’t Have To Focus On One Issue.  In November 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “’The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,’ Carson said in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post. ‘I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.’”  [Washington Post, 11/15/16]

Carson Said He Would Be “A Fish Out Of Water” Running A Federal Agency.  In November 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “He added with a chuckle, ‘Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly.’”  [Washington Post, 11/15/16]

CARSON IS DANGEROUSLY IGNORANT ABOUT HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT 

Washington Post: Carson Has No Experience & Called Desegregation Efforts A “Social Experiment.”  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has criticized federal efforts to desegregate America's neighborhoods as ‘social engineering.’  In an op-ed last year, the retired neurosurgeon — who has no experience in urban development — compared the government’s attempts to integrate communities to the ‘failed social experiment’ of mandated school busing.”  [Washington Post, 12/07/16]

Carson Said Efforts To De-Segregate Government Housing Were “Downright Dangerous.”  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “’These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse,’ Carson wrote in a Washington Times op-ed. ‘There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous.’”  [Washington Post, 12/07/16]

Carson Criticized Efforts To Enforce The Fair Housing Act, The Federal Law The Prevents Housing Discrimination.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Carson specifically criticized the Obama administration’s housing rules issued in 2015 to help cities better adhere to the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The law prohibited housing discrimination and required communities to promote fair housing.”  [Washington Post, 12/07/16]

Washington Post: Carson Has No Specific Experience But He Suggested He Would Dismantle Desegregation Efforts.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Carson does not have specific experience with the activities of HUD, which manages low-income housing assistance, facilitates financing for homeownership and administers fair-housing programs. But he has a documented position on fair-housing policies that has advocates nervous about what protections a Trump administration might dismantle — particularly for racial desegregation.”  [Washington Post, 12/05/16]

Carson Compared The Work Of HUD To A “Communist Country.”  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “In an interview with a radio host in Iowa last year, Carson criticized an agreement between HUD and the city of Dubuque to address those issues.  ‘This is what you see in communist countries, where they have so many regulations encircling every aspect of your life that if you don’t agree with them, all they have to do is pull the noose,’ Carson said.”  [Washington Post, 12/13/16]

CARSON FREQUENTLY SPOUTS OFFENSIVE NONSENSE 

Carson Bizarrely Overstated His Own History Of Violence Or Criminal Behavior.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “On Thursday, CNN published a report in which reporters interviewed nine friends, former classmates and neighbors to try to corroborate Carson's accounts of personal violence against his mother and acquaintances as a child and as an adolescent. It could not find anyone who would say they were a victim of Carson's or even had knowledge about the incidents.  ‘I was trying to kill somebody,’ Carson told a San Francisco audience in September. He wrote in his 1990 best-selling autobiography, ‘Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,’ in recounting an incident where as an adolescent he tried to stab a friend: ‘Grabbing the camping knife I carried in my back pocket, I snapped it open and lunged for the boy who had been my friend. With all the power of my young muscles, I thrust the knife toward his belly. The knife hit his big, heavy ROTC buckle with such force that the blade snapped and dropped to the ground.’”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Said It Was His “Personal Theory” That Pyramids Were Built As Granaries By Biblical Joseph.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “On Wednesday, BuzzFeed published an article featuring a video of the then-Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon delivering a commencement address at Andrews College in 1998 in which he discussed his belief that the pyramids in Egypt were built as granaries, not as tombs for pharaohs.  ‘My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain,’ he told students, according to the video posted.”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

He Defended The Claim By Saying Secular Progressives Were Attacking The Bible.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “Carson defended his beliefs on Thursday, telling reporters in Miami that ‘some people believe in the Bible, like I do, and don’t find that to be silly at all and believe that God created the Earth and don’t find that to be silly at all.’  ‘The secular progressives try to ridicule it anytime it comes up, and they’re welcome to do that,’ he added.”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Proposed Segregated Bathrooms For People That Are Transgender.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “’How about we have a transgender bathroom?’ Carson asked Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos in a Thursday interview, adding that ‘[i]t’s not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable.’ Carson went on to say that he thought everybody has equal rights, ‘but I’m not sure anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else.’  Human Rights Campaign denounced the remarks. ‘Ben Carson can’t go a week without invoking reckless and irresponsible stereotypes about the LGBT community, and his suggestion that transgender people be required to use segregated bathrooms echoes an ugly past our country should never revisit,’ the group's president, Chad Griffin, said in a statement.”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Claimed The Holocaust Would Not Have Happened If European Jews Were Armed.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “’I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,’ Carson said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. ‘I'm telling you, there is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.’  The comment followed Blitzer's reading of a passage from Carson's new book, ‘A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do To Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,’ in which the retired neurosurgeon wrote that ‘German citizens were disarmed by their government in the late 1930s, and by the mid-1940s, Hitler's regime had mercilessly slaughtered 6 million Jews and numerous others whom they considered inferior. Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating deceitful propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.’”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Said That People Should Combat Mass Shootings By Attacking The Shooter.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “The candidate told ‘Fox and Friends’ that if a gunman like the one who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon had walked up to him and asked his religion, he would not go along.  ‘Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me, I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all,’’ Carson suggested, when talking about the October killings.”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Said Most Racism In The U.S. Is From The Progressive Movement And Directed At People Like Him.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “’I’m not sure I agree that there isn’t a fair amount of racism here,’ he said in response to a statement from Prager that the U.S. is the least racist country of those with multiple races.  ‘There is, but it’s not where you would expect it to be,’ Carson continued, ‘it is mostly with the progressive movement who will look at someone like me, and because of the color of my pigment, they decide that there’s a certain way that I’m supposed to think. And if I don’t think that way, I’m an Uncle Tom and they heap all kinds of hatred on you. That, to me, is racism.’”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Said Many People Are Straight When They Go To Prison But Choose To Come Out Gay.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “Two months before he declared his candidacy, Carson sat down on CNN's ‘New Day’ and in the course of the interview remarked that being gay is a choice, citing the example of people who go to prison straight and come out gay.  ‘A lot of people who go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question,’ he told Chris Cuomo.”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Said The ACA Was The Worst Thing Since Slavery And That The ACA Was Slavery.  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “At the Values Voter Summit in October 2013, Carson remarked that ‘Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.’  ‘And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control,’ he said.”  [Politico, 10/09/15]

Carson Suggested That The “PC Police” Are Ushering In A “Gestapo Age” “Very Much Like Nazi Germany.”  In October 2015 Politico wrote, “At a March 2014 event in New York, a reporter for Breitbart News asked: ‘I've been told that he [Carson] said we're living in a 'Gestapo age'. What do you mean by that?’  ‘I mean very much like Nazi Germany — and I know you’re not supposed to talk about Nazi Germany, but I don’t care about political correctness — you know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate a population,’ Carson said. ‘We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe, and it's because of the PC police, it's because of politicians, because of news — all of these things are combining to stifle people's conversation.’”  [Politico, 10/09/15]