PFAW Statement on Selection of Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development


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In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“Ben Carson’s nomination adds to Trump’s never-ending list of nominees who are dangerously unfit for their assigned positions. Carson is manifestly unqualified to serve as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. His limited record on housing issues seems to consist entirely of attacking desegregation programs. He’s spent more time sharing his bizarre views on the Egyptian pyramids and LGBT equality than he has talking about the issues he’d be responsible for in this role.

“Senators should use Carson’s confirmation hearings to ask tough questions not only about his views on desegregation and discrimination, but also his knowledge of and ability to oversee the day-to-day responsibilities of the department."

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.