Ben Carson is Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
|1997||Carson gives commencement speech for Andrews University where he claims the Pyramids were built by Joseph from the Bible as grain silos. buzzfeed.com |
"...you know, it doesn't require an alien being when God is with you."
|2015.11.05||Carson defends his belief that the pyramids were built to hold grain. politico.com |
As Carson's support increases, so has media scrutiny of his past statements.
|2016.12.15||The Boston globe lists 13 high ranking members of Trump's cabinet who are staunch opponents or who have fought against LGBT rights. bostonglobe.com (See also Homophobia, LGBTQIA, Presidential Transition, Mike Pence, Ken Blackwell, Nikki Haley, Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price, Betsy DeVos)|
The individuals are, Mike Pence, Tony Perkins, Ken Blackwell, Kay Coles, Ken Klukowski, Ed Meese, Betsy DeVos, Tom Price, Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, Michael Flynn, Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo.
|2017.01.12||Ben Carson, in a confirmation hearing, declines to rule out HUD grants to Trump properties. npr.org (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.01.12||Democrats press U.S. housing nominee Carson on potential Trump conflicts reuters.com (See also Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development)|
|2017.01.12||Despite Senator Elizabeth Warren's repeated questions Ben Carson refuses to promise that no housing funds will benefit Trump. Carson is also accused of plagiarizing his opening remarks. theguardian.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Plagiarism)|
|2017.01.12||HUD nominee Ben Carson gives vague answers during confirmation hearing teenvogue.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Housing)|
|2017.02.18||Ben Carson is “baffled” and “speechless” when one of his most loyal aides is walked out of the Housing and Urban Development after an op-ed resurfaces in which the aide criticized then-candidate Donald Trump. buzzfeed.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development)|
|2017.03.07||Ben Carson tells HUD staff he could zap their brains into reciting whole books read 60 years ago. washingtonpost.com |
The insinuation that Carson could zap a patient into reciting, from cover to cover, a book read in 1957 was not true, experts said.
|2017.03.07||In his first official address Carson compares slaves to immigrants coming to ‘a land of dreams and opportunity’ washingtonpost.com |
Another misstep on race?
|2018.01.31||Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson allowed his son to help organize an agency “listening tour” in Baltimore last summer despite warnings from department lawyers that doing so risked violating federal ethics rules, according to internal documents. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2018.02.16||After less than 13 months, more than 40 percent of the people Trump originally picked for Cabinet-level jobs have faced ethical or other controversies. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors, Trump Cabinet, Corruption, Conflicts of Interest, Tom Price, Ryan Zinke, Steven Mnuchin, John Kelly, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.02.27||A senior career official in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has alleged that she was demoted and replaced with a Donald Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by funding an expensive redecoration of Ben Carson’s office. theguardian.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Corruption)|
|2018.02.27||Department of Housing and Urban Development officials spent $31,000 on a new dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office in late 2017 — just as the White House circulated its plans to slash HUD’s programs for the homeless, elderly and poor, according to federal procurement records. nytimes.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Corruption, Conflicts of Interest)|
The purchase of the custom hardwood table, chairs and hutch came a month after a top agency staff member filed a whistle-blower complaint charging Mr. Carson’s wife, Candy Carson, with pressuring department officials to find money for the expensive redecoration of his offices, even if it meant circumventing the law.
|2018.03.06||Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is changing the mission statement of his agency, removing promises of inclusive and discrimination-free communities. huffingtonpost.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Assaults on Civil Liberties, Racism)|
|2018.03.28||The Trump administration is attempting to scale back federal efforts to enforce fair housing laws, freezing enforcement actions against local governments and businesses, including Facebook, while sidelining officials who have aggressively pursued civil rights cases. nytimes.com (See also Racism, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
The department is aiming to roll back Obama administration attempts to curtail decades of racial, ethnic and income segregation in federally subsidized housing and development projects.
|2018.04.25||U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed raising the amount that low-income families are expected to pay for rent — tripling it for the poorest households — as well as making it easier for property owners to demand work requirements for those receiving federal housing subsidies. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Americans in Poverty)|
|2018.05.07||Fair-housing advocates plan to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for suspending an Obama-era rule requiring more than 1,200 communities receiving billions of federal housing dollars to draft plans to desegregate their communities — or risk losing federal funds. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Reversals)|
|2018.06.28||The Housing and Urban Development official who first raised concerns about Secretary Ben Carson’s push to redecorate his office alleged that she has been forced to resign. washingtonpost.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Corruption)|
|2018.09.20||The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded promotions and pay increases to five political operatives with no housing policy experience within their first months on the job, demonstrating what government watchdogs and career staff describe as a premium put on loyalty over expertise washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Housing and Urban Development, Corruption)|
“This administration is different, because the people coming in really don’t know housing at all,” said Ron Ashford, who retired as director of HUD’s public-housing supportive-service programs in January after 22 years at the agency. “As a result, they’re pursuing initiatives that aren’t grounded in reality.”
|2018.09.21||Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson told an audience of conservative activists that the sexual assault allegations facing President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court are part of a plot by socialists to take over America that dates back more than a century. cnbc.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Department of Housing and Urban Development)|
"If you really understand the big picture of what's going on, then what's going on with Kavanaugh will make perfectly good sense to you," Carson said at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington. "There've been people in this country for a very long time, going all the way back to the Fabians, people who've wanted to fundamentally change this country."