Ben Carson Flattens Ilhan Omar for Claiming the Former Brain Surgeon Was ‘Sleepy’ During HUD Testimony

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Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson called out Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after she claimed he was “sleepy” during his Congressional testimony.

During a heated exchange in Tuesday’s testimony, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Md.) pressed Dr. Carson to answer several questions about the relationship between the health of an individual and the standard of their living conditions.

Carson responded to several questions during the three-hour testimony and grew increasingly agitated by Pressley’s demand that he answer questions as a “yes or no” that he believed required more nuance.

As Carson continued to elaborate, Pressley repeatedly reclaimed her time, cutting off Dr. Carson in the process. At one point during the exchange, Dr. Carson demanded to reclaim his time — a move which isn’t allowed by House rules because he is not a member.

Pressley quickly shut down the Secretary, telling him, “You don’t get to do that.”

Watch Pressley’s exchange with Carson:

Carson laughed off his rules breach, but the moment quickly surfaced online, catching the eye of Rep. Omar.

Omar took to Twitter to make a jab at the former brain surgeon, claiming that he wasn’t “fully awake” during the testimony — a jab at the doctor’s calm demeanor.

Although Dr. Carson isn’t known for his Twitter fights, he didn’t take the insult from Omar sitting down.

He quickly fired back, pointing to his incomparable career as a brain surgeon, and noted that he knows how to stay awake when it matters. He also called out the congresswoman for her pro-choice political beliefs, noting that he cares about all Americans, “even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life.”

Omar ignored Carson’s abortion jab and claimed that the doctor isn’t qualified to run HUD. She instead claimed that the secretary should be someone who “values every living person’s right to dignified housing.”

While Omar may not think Carson cares about those growing up in impoverished areas, his work on “Opportunity Zones” has already brought in more than $25 billion in private investment to help create jobs and economic opportunity in underserved neighborhoods.

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Robert
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Robert

Unfortunately being a total a–hole does qualify her to be in Congress

Cassandra Johnson
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This woman is a total “WITCH”. I sure wouldn’t want her representing my state.

Patrick
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Patrick

Dr Carson has forgot more than she will ever know

Joyce
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Joyce

Ilhan Omar is an embarrassment to this country. She has a vile and insulting mouth that just spews hatred. before she points the finger of negativity at anyone or anything she should clean up her own act.

Theresa
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Theresa

Doctor Ben Carson is a brilliant man who has lived in a poor neighborhood. He has overcome his environment and has accomplished amazing feats. He should be entitled to answer the questions the way he sees fit. He is a decent and wonderful person.!!!!

Clifford OBier
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Clifford OBier

Dr. Carson is simply enforcing the laws written by Congress. Unfortunately we have the worst Congress in history right now that has accomplished absolutely nothing. Their only concern is the impeachment of the President. The have offered no solutions on any problem Americans face and have in fact been extremely obstructive. Cant wait till 2020 to kick this worthless Congress out

Jerry
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Jerry

I think she sucks.

General Confusion
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The King’s Secretaries are just beginning to experience what oversight looks like and they are very confused by it all!

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