Ben Carson slammed the political correctness that is “going to destroy our nation” when he was asked about remarks he allegedly made about transgender people.
The Housing and Urban Development Secretary was asked by a Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday to apologize for the alleged comments which he was accused of making at a meeting last month.
(Video: Twitter @RepWexton)
“I wanted to give you a chance to apologize for comments you made during a meeting with HUD staff last month where you described transgender women as ‘big, hairy men,'” Rep. Jennifer Wexton said, addressing Carson during the House Financial Services Committee hearing.
The retired neurosurgeon immediately pushed back at the Virginia Democrat’s claim.
“First of all, I didn’t describe transgender women that way,” Carson said of the reported remarks he made at the September meeting with department staff, many of whom were apparently offended by what they saw as an attack on transgender people, according to a report by The Washington Post.
Ben Carson’s ‘big, hairy men’ comment outraged HUD staffers; Dems pounce https://t.co/bOrCc0vROX
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 20, 2019
“I was relating a story that a women’s group told me about big, hairy men — who are not transgender women, by the way — coming into your facility and having to be accepted because of the rules that were in place,” Carson told Wexton Tuesday.
When asked the name of the group, Carson said he could not remember but recalled they were from Alaska.
“You don’t feel the need to apologize for those comments?” Wexton asked him, apparently not interested in his clarification that the comments were not his own.
“No,” Carson replied, before elaborating.
“I think this whole concept of political correctness — ‘You can’t say this. You can’t say that. You can’t repeat what someone said’ — is total foolishness and is going to destroy our nation,” he said. “We need to be more mature than that.”
Wexton displayed her maturity by taking to Twitter where she posted the video along with her one-sided view that Carson “declined” to say sorry.
“Hateful words translate into discriminatory policy—and Secretary Carson has demonstrated that time and again,” she tweeted.
Today I gave @SecretaryCarson the opportunity to apologize for his remarks slurring transgender women as, “big, hairy men.”
Regrettably, he declined that opportunity.
Hateful words translate into discriminatory policy—and Secretary Carson has demonstrated that time and again. pic.twitter.com/W1p7QGfGl2
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) October 22, 2019
In May, the Democrat introduced a bill to block the proposed HUD policy that allows someone’s sex and gender identity to be taken into account by federally funded homeless shelters on deciding who to turn away.
“This is incredibly dangerous,” Wexton said during a House hearing in June. “The consequences of being turned away from shelter can be dire.
Carson defended himself against the attacks from the left after the report last month, reiterating to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the point he was making was about men potentially pretending to be transgender women in order to enter women’s shelters.
“They [the left-wing media] have already made up their mind that I hate transgender people, which is completely untrue,” he said.
“If I wake up tomorrow and I ‘feel like’ I’m Chinese, it doesn’t necessarily make me Chinese,” he said. “There are biological and scientific issues that have to be dealt with [when you’re transgender]. But regardless of that, I have always said we are supposed to serve all the people. And if somebody wants to be transgender, that’s fine. We try to serve them as well.”
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