*Ben Carson today referred to “slaves” as “immigrants” who came to this country in search of a better life.
President Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development made this latest baffling blunder in a speech to department employees this afternoon.
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
He added: “But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
It didn’t take long for folks to weigh in on Twitter:
— NAACP (@NAACP) March 6, 2017
OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
— AnneFrankCenter(US) (@AnneFrankCenter) March 6, 2017
Man I’m mad we read Ben Carson’s book Gifted Hands and actually celebrated that man during black history month when we were younger smh
— EL FOOSAY (@SheHatesJacoby) March 6, 2017
Just in case you forgot Ben Carson pic.twitter.com/0WJOSdGE15
— Fran From Da Bayou (@FranFromDaBayou) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson always seems to be straining to make a point he himself cannot grasp.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson the neurosurgeon is in fact a complete idiot.
— Dorian Gray (@ThatGuy_AFlyy) March 6, 2017
They were called Slave Ships not Immigrant Ships foh Ben Carson https://t.co/YaWj4J7h2J
— Joshua Davis (@UsernameJoshD) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson saying slaves came to America as immigrants with dreams like they came here willingly. Jesus. pic.twitter.com/tkXlsHHOnV
— Jazzy Fizzle (@___JazzyJas) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson is perfect proof that excelling academically doesn’t equate to actually being usefully intelligent or knowledgeable.
— Déjà-Marie (@LuxHippie) March 6, 2017
Spreading ignorance like this is not just stunning, it’s dangerous. https://t.co/MUw7eW7s08
— Lilly Workneh (@Lilly_Works) March 6, 2017