Ben Carson spoke as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the first time today. He discussed immigrants, the can-do spirit and the human brain with agency employees. Not surprisingly, little was said about development.
Many of his comments were bizarre. While talking about the human brain, he stated that he “could drill a hole in your head, stick electrodes in your hippocampus and have you recite verbatim a book you read 60 years ago.”
Well, OK, then. I am still not quite sure what this has to do with housing or urban development, but I have read dystopian sci-fi. I may be getting a little paranoid in my speculation, but I would not let this man and his electrodes NEAR my brain. Neurosurgeon or Neuro-psycho??
Moving on. The brain gibberish was nothing compared to what he then said about immigration. He talked about the American Dream and people working hard to obtain new lives which led to talk about various immigrants. This led to his most twisted statement of the day:
There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.
No, Ben Carson, no! You cannot rewrite history. This is not how this works. Slaves were not immigrants who came to America for a better life. Somewhere underground, Ben Carson’s ancestors are rolling over in their graves.
Seemingly, no one understood how he came up with the ridiculous assertion that slaves could be labeled ‘immigrants’. Social media is just as befuddled as the rest of us:
So. American Friends – #BenCarson – is it like in a horror movie – He's going down First and really messy – That's how it works isn't it?
— MissNoma (@MissDumezweni) March 6, 2017
Ummm. This is how it should go down, but we don’t think Carson is aware he’s black.
— Judy Howard (@JudyHallHoward) March 6, 2017
No. These are alternative ‘safety restraints’.
Ben Carson misspoke. He didn't mean slaves were 'immigrants' he meant to say they were alt-tourists.
— Carnitas Danger (@DangerCarnitas) March 6, 2017
All the alts. We can’t with the alts.
White House staff:
"How can we get Trump's latest embarrassing comments out of the news?"
"Ben Carson press conference?"
— Donald J Orwell (@DonaldJOrwell) March 6, 2017
It really is hard to avoid the distractions when there is such a multitude of idiots available. There must have been a ban on cabinet members who have more IQ points than the Tangerine Tyrant.
OK!! Ben Carson….I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
YES! All of this!! Sam Jackson just has a way with words. We honestly could not have said it any better.
Trump should have stuck to his guns when he said that Ben Carson “just does not have the experience.” That experience is just not limited to government; he obviously has had no experience in any sort of American history class.