Ben Carson just said in an interview on Wednesday that having “the wrong mindset” is a significant contributing factor to poverty. Carson, President Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary, said, “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.” Ben Carson is a retired Neurosurgeon and was being interviewed by Sirius XM Radio. He continued, “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you could give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”
The former 2016 presidential candidate who was appointed to his cabinet position by Trump in March argued that parents can help prevent their children from having the “wrong mindset.” Carson said, “A lot of it has to do with what we teach children. You have to instill into that child the mindset of a winner.” The secretary did note what the government can do to help some, “I think the majority of people don’t have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don’t see the way, and that’s where government can come in and be very helpful,” he added. “It can provide the ladder of opportunity, it can provide the mechanism that will demonstrate to them what can be done.”
As you can imagine, Carson received some swift criticism for his comments about a “wrong mindset.” Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat tweeted on Wednesday, “Dear @SecretaryCarson,” Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, tweeted Wednesday. “States of mind: Happy. Sad. New York. Not a state of mind: Systemic poverty.”
States of mind:
✔️ New York
NOT a state of mind:
❌ Systemic poverty https://t.co/HAuQrNzvTL
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) May 24, 2017
This is not the first time that Carson’s words have created controversy. In a March 2014 interview, Carson compared the modern American government to Nazi Germany. In 2015, he made the news for saying he believed the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain.
Ben Carson endorsed President Trump right after he dropped out of the presidential race. As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he oversees federal public housing programs and helps formulate public policy on homelessness and housing discrimination. If Trump’s new budget passes, his department will receive $6 billion in cuts to their programs, a 13.2% decrease.
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