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Ben Carson

#EndorseThis: In Storms’ Wake, Can America Rely On Ben Carson? Don’t Ask

With thousands of federal workers engaged in ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in Florida, Texas, and across the region battered by recent hurricanes, Americans will soon be looking to Washington for vital assistance in rebuilding – as provided by government after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. But much of that hope resides in the Department of […]

September 13, 2017
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Danziger: Another Righteous Christian Who Needs To Read Luke 14:12

At home, HUD Secretary Ben Carson displays an ostentatious painting of himself with Jesus Christ – yet somehow seems entirely ignorant of His mercy toward the poor. Danziger is not impressed.

May 25, 2017
Ben Carson, HUD

Ben Carson Is Proving To Be A Bizarre And Incompetent Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development, As Expected

Since neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, we’ve barely heard a peep from him. Is it because he’s adjusting to his new position, for which he has no relevant experience? Probably. Is it because, as his surrogate said, that he’s not qualified to run a federal agency? Could be that, too.

April 27, 2017
Ben Carson, HUD

Trump’s Plan To Gut HUD Threatens America’s Poor

According to reports, the Trump administration is mulling whether to slash HUD’s budget by at least $6 billion — or 14 percent — in the 2018 fiscal year.

March 11, 2017
Ben Carson, slaves

Does Ben Carson Know The Difference Between Slaves And Immigrants?

Immigrants relocated. Slaves were relocated. They had no more say in the matter than a chair moved from one side of a room to the other. It’s pathetic to have to explain that to a 65-year-old African-American man.

March 8, 2017
Danziger on Carson slavery gaffe

Danziger: A Nation Of Immigrants, Mostly

Did Trump appoint Ben Carson to his cabinet so he would look smarter? Or to benefit cartoonists like Danziger? The housing secretary’s recent description of African slaves as “immigrants” will be hard to top, but that will never stop Carson from trying.

March 7, 2017
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Why The Christian Right Is Rejoicing Under Trump’s Presidency

Few would have predicted Donald Trump’s stellar relationship with far-right Christians. But now that he’s won them over, benefited from their political support, and amassed a White House featuring many evangelical conservatives, LGBT protections, abortion rights, and public school funding are on the line.

February 24, 2017
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#EndorseThis: Ben Carson Finds The True Meaning Of HUD

In a rambling speech he spoke about “special” Ben Carson, tasked with the difficult job of finding the esoteric significance of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Yes, I believe Ben Carson will find the true meaning of HUD,” Colbert said gleefully on Tuesday’s Late Show, “just like in the beloved children’s story How the Grinch Stole Housing.”

February 22, 2017
Danziger draws Ben Carson doing brain surgery on himself

Danziger: It Is Brain Surgery!

In 2016, wits would say that Dr. Ben Carson must be the first neurosurgeon who had removed his own brain. After Senate hearings on his nomination for housing secretary, as Jeff Danziger’s drawing suggest, this is no longer a joke.

January 14, 2017
Seth Meyers reviews 2016's political train-wreck

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Looks Back At 2016’s Political Train-wreck

Late Night host Seth Meyers reviews many of the most amusing moments we might have forgotten, following a year we may well prefer to forget: from Clinton’s awkward appeal for the youth vote to the trashy insult contest between Marco Rubio and Trump that concluded with the latter advertising his genitalia. He clearly feels special affection for Ben Carson, Trump’s clueless nominee for housing secretary, whose long, strange political trip culminates in a remarkable moment.

January 2, 2017
Sexual Assault

How CNN And Fox News Enabled The Worst Sexual Assault Apologism Of 2016

As sexual assault allegations against President-elect Donald Trump piled up in the months before the election, CNN and Fox News each relied on paid Trump surrogates and media allies to peddle some of the worst sexual assault apologism of the past year.

December 29, 2016
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Donald Trump’s Values Are In Direct Conflict With The Founding Fathers’

The United States has stood as a beacon to the world — a “shining city on a hill” — because of the values we represent, and Trump’s autocratic and ethnocentric views are the absolute antithesis of what this great nation has stood for and a violation of the spirit of the Founding Fathers.

December 23, 2016
5 nightmarish things Trump did this week

5 Nightmarish Things Donald Trump Did This Week

Science, reason, the First Amendment, and decency are now all under threat. The mind reels with the mounting horrors and the sheer pace at which they come.

December 11, 2016
Pence to lead Trump's White House transition team

The Right-Wing Media’s Government Takeover

Donald Trump has picked — or considered — nearly a dozen people who have worked in right-wing media, including talk radio, right-wing news sites, Fox News, and conservative newspapers, to fill his administration.

December 9, 2016
health care

Trumpism Looks Like Mainstream Conservatism — So Far

In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.

December 8, 2016
Ben Carson, HUD

Ben Carson Accepts Trump Cabinet Post

Trump nominated Carson to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

December 5, 2016
Trump tweets, Yemen

5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week

Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel, and turning down security briefings.

November 27, 2016
Seth Meyers examines Trump's dubious Cabinet picks

#EndorseThis: A Closer Look At Trump’s Curious Cabinet Choices

Trump’s limited talent pool is bad news for America, it is comedy gold for Seth Meyers, who takes “a closer look” at potential cabinet nominees Rick Perry and Ben Carson.

November 25, 2016
Ben Carson opts out of Trump's team

Ben Carson Opts Against Job In Trump Cabinet

Ben Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, said Carson has made clear he has no experience in running a federal bureaucracy. “Dr. Carson doesn’t feel like that’s the best way for him to serve the president-elect,” Williams said.

November 15, 2016

#EndorseThis: Ben Carson Is Back — And As Entertaining As Ever

Defending Donald Trump isn’t easy these days, and Ben Carson displayed much spirit in the attempt. But a question from British correspondent Katty Kay badly irritated the neurosurgeon.

October 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks live via satellite from Trump Tower in New York City during the second session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Battle Between Left And Right No Longer A Contest Of Ideas

Last week’s Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is.

July 27, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republican National Convention Follows Witch-Burning Script

Walking around the streets of Cleveland, it’s hard to miss the gendered nature of the contempt shown for Clinton, what with the tee shirts for sale that read “TRUMP THAT BITCH,” or the frequent references to Trump’s cojones.

July 20, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Did Ben Carson Call Hillary Clinton… A Satanist?

Carson started by citing Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis on Saul Alinsky, the community organizer from Chicago and much-used conspiratorial bludgeon against Democratic presidential candidates this century.

July 20, 2016
Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Republicans Are Misrepresenting Policy For The Sake Of Entertainment

The committee members and lobbyists who fought over the party’s alarmingly conservative platform don’t seem to want anything to do with presenting that platform to the American people.

July 19, 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks in a press conference at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Comparing Trump’s Not-So-Super VP Candidates

Donald Trump is in the middle of a tough search for a vice president — any vice president. No one seems to want the job, and Trump is scrambling to show the world a ticket that makes him look like anything other than a crazy reality star who’s been wandering onto the wrong cable channels. We at The National Memo decided to put together a little tip sheet to make his choice easier.

July 11, 2016