Maxine Waters is turning her sights on Ben Carson.
Carson was handpicked by President Trump to head the Housing and Urban Development Department. And a great pick he is, given that he rose from poverty to become one of the world’s most renowned brain surgeons.
But, that’s not good enough for “Mad Maxine” Waters has she’s being dubbed in many circles.
“[Carson] knows nothing about the mission of HUD,” Waters said during a speech at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.
“He doesn’t care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your own fault. And he doesn’t know the difference between an immigrant and a slave.”
Waters was referring to a controversial comment Carson made in March.
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson told HUD employees. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
A few months later Carson raised eyebrows again when he said that poverty “is a state of mind.” Under-reported by the media, he elaborated on that comment by explaining how people who refuse to give up a victim mentality will likely never succeed in life.
A lesson not a lot of people want to hear – least of all Waters who knows if that kind of talk catches on, she’s done.
While Carson could be considered at times quirky, and definitely not politically correct, to accuse him of being unsympathetic to the poor is a cheap shot that appeals to Waters’ Trump-hating base.
And Waters ramped up the rhetoric to the next level by addressing how she’ll “deal” with Carson when he testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services.
“[If he] things that I am going to give him a pass, I am going to take his ass apart,” Waters said.
Grab your popcorn.
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