Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said his Virginia home was recently vandalized with anti-Trump rhetoric. Predictably, anti-Trump CNN reporter Maeve Reston responded by demanding a fact check.
“More recently, our home in Virginia, along with that of a neighbor, was vandalized by people who wrote hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” Dr. Carson recounted on Facebook. “We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned.”
The retired brain surgeon recounted the incident while calling for an end to racism following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and alt-left antifa.
“Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let’s use the right tools,” said Carson, who suggested violence (and vandalism) is never the answer.
In his post, Carson also recalled how one neighbor reacted with racist intolerance when he first moved into his farmhouse in Maryland years ago. Carson said he and the neighbor have since become friendly, presumably because they learned to respect one another over time.
Ben Carson says in a statement that his home in Virginia was recently vandalized with anti-Trump rhetoric pic.twitter.com/E8lbNzshdG
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) August 16, 2017
Carson’s story relayed a message of tolerance and hope through his personal experiences. As a black neurosurgeon and a black conservative, Carson has no doubt experienced racism and intolerance from all sides, especially liberals who consider him a traitor.
But the reaction of CNN reporter Maeve Reston took the cake. Her knee-jerk hostility to Dr. Carson fueled outrage from many Twitter users. Some pointed out that CNN routinely reports unsubstantiated anti-Trump rumors from “anonymous sources,” but apply a draconian standard to Carson simply because he’s a conservative.
If Ben Carson were a liberal whose home had been vandalized by Trump supporters, there’s little doubt CNN would be bleating the story around the clock. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Maeve.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 16, 2017
Because he is a conservative black man????? God bless Dr. Ben Carson.
— Ava (@lyan118) August 16, 2017
You wouldn’t ask for a fact check if he was a liberal. pic.twitter.com/VQQDDKJ8Hm
— Jeremy (@The_Smirker) August 17, 2017
So he lied about his house being vandalized? That’s the new media claim. Ok. Go out and fact check it. Please.
— John Barron (@Jimbean87055631) August 16, 2017
Whoa. If u were a conservative u would be classified as a racist and ur white privilege is showing by questioning a black man. #CNNisISIS
— Janet Roberts (@donewithusa) August 17, 2017
But did you question any of hilary”s lies? Of course not
— Brenda Parkinson (@BrenHosk2) August 16, 2017
BenCarson shares beautiful story @ kindness forgiveness & love 4 neighbors. Ur immed.reaction is “lets dissect it!” The view of ur ❤is ugly
— BigbadmaryB (@bigbadmaryb) August 16, 2017
This is why we despise people like you.
— The Spaniard (@Gladiator8658) August 16, 2017
— Cheerio (@Oxco) August 16, 2017
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