Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is knocking down a congressional Democrat’s call for his resignation after this week’s heated hearing, slamming it as nothing but “attack, attack, attack.”
After appearing at this week’s House Financial Services Committee hearing, Carson was met with criticism from Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), as she accused him of lying to Congress over whether rule changes would affect transgender individuals.
Watch the exchange below:
One day after @SecretaryCarson told me he isn't anticipating any changes to protections for LGBTQ people in shelters, HUD announced a proposal to gut that very rule.
He either lied to Congress or has no idea what policies his agency is pursuing. Either way, it’s unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/zn99sEKvth
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 22, 2019
HUD, however, proposed a new rule on Wednesday to allow federally funded shelters to deny transgender individuals admission on religious grounds.
Wexton then claimed on Thursday that Carson’s “proven himself to be deceitful and inept” and called for him to resign.
“When I responded to the congresswoman’s question, I believed she was asking whether HUD was going to take away the anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ persons in the rule. We are not, as I stated. I later realized she was asking a very technical question about the code of federal regulations on self-identified gender. I then called her to clarify that our intention is to stop treating sex and self-identified gender as the same, because I believe Washington shouldn’t be telling the rest of America how to determine whether someone is a man or a woman.”
As a former prosecutor, I take Congressional testimony very seriously.
This week, Secretary Carson lied to me and to Congress.
He lied again when he called me to “clarify” his testimony.
He’s proven himself to be deceitful & inept as HUD Secretary.
He should resign. https://t.co/nM3hDf6rx6
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 23, 2019
In response to calls for his resignation, Carson told Fox Business on Friday that it has reached “a very sad point in our country where a hearing that is supposed to be about what the policies are becomes just attack, attack, attack.” He added, “Not really being very interested in what the answers are.”
The HUD secretary pondered what Wexton “would say if she knew how much I’ve had to resist people who wanted the rule taken down all together.”
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During Tuesday’s hearing, Carson made an Oreo gaffe as he answered another congresswoman’s remark regarding Real Estate Owned (REO) properties, as IJR Red reported. The moment was eaten up over Carson’s response, but he later clarified he wasn’t embarrassed because he simply was “having difficulty hearing her.”