Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson lashed out at Rep. Maxine Waters of California on Monday in response to her strongly worded letter sent to the Trump administration late in October which said that President Donald Trump’s “shamelessness knows no bounds,” as concerned the California homeless population.
“Your shamelessness knows no bounds,” Waters letter stated in her letter before she went on to say that he has “attacked our democracy and now you have set your ire on the 550,000 Americans who on any given night experience homelessness.”
According to The Hill, Carson responded to the letter, saying that Waters lacked “basic manners,” and that she should consider her own part before pointing fingers.
“My mother always taught me that people shouldn’t throw rocks, especially while they live in a glass house,” Carson wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO. “Because of that wise lesson, I was a little surprised to read your hostile letter to President Trump regarding the record number of homeless Americans in California, particularly in your district.”
“Shamelessness,” Carson wrote, “is a career politician of 30 years laying blame. Shamelessness is allowing more than 55,000 Americans to live on the very streets they represent,” he said about her district in South Los Angeles County.
According to Carson, he has sent more than one letter to the politician’s office in hopes of speaking with her about the homelessness in her district, but that Waters has declined to meet with him.
“Basic manners elude you and it seems that instead of producing results, you’re more interested in producing cheap headlines at the President’s expense — like a true career politician,” he added, according to Politico.
In a statement to The Hill, Waters called Carson’s time as HUD Secretary a “complete failure.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.