Ben Carson discussed his views regarding human rights during the confirmation hearing on Thursday.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, asked Carson about the rights of LGBT in the public housing sector.
“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson answered the question. “Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.”
Then Carson explained his answer.
“What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights,’” he noted.
Carson also discussed about his experience with “housing insecurity” and also told the story of his mother.
“She didn’t have any skills, basically a third-grade education, and we had no place to live,” Carson said. “She couldn’t afford the house so we ended up moving to Boston, moving in with relatives. So I have actually in my life understood what housing insecurity was. And we were there in Boston for a couple of years.”
His mother had told him, “The person who has the most to do with determining where you live is you.”
“I want to help heal America’s divisiveness, and I think HUD is positioned to help in that healing. One of our biggest threats right now is this political division, racial conflict and class warfare. It is ripping this country apart,” added Carson.
The neurosurgeon considers housing to be the foundation for health and other things.
“If we can give those people hope, then they can move out of those situations,” Carson noted. “But giving them hope starts with giving them a safe and productive environment.”
He was also asked about his criticism regarding the Fair Housing Rule.
“That act says that we want people who are receiving HUD grants to look around and see if they find anything that looks like discrimination and then we want them to come up with a solution,” Carson responded. “They’re saying go and look for a problem and give us a solution.”
“We have people sitting around desks in Washington, D.C., deciding on how things should be done,” he added. “I don’t have any problem with affirmative action or integration. I have no problem with that at all. But I do have a problem with people on high dictating it when they have no idea what’s going on in an area.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked Carson about the way Trump may benefit from any HUD’s housing programs.
“The things that I do are driven by a sense of morals and values,” Carson said. “I will absolutely not play favorites for anyone.”
Warren also teased Carson about the same question.
“It will not be my intention to benefit any American,” Carson said. “I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people.”
“If there happens to be an extra good program that works for millions of people and it turns out that someone that you’re targeting is going to gain 10 dollars from it … I think logic and common sense would be the best way” to make a decision, Carson finished.
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