Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary is bucking Democrats who have called for his resignation.
Things began when Rep. Jennifer Wexton accused Carson of lying to Congress when he stated new rules would not affect transgender individuals. Wexton went on to say Carson had “proven himself to be deceitful and inept” and called for him to resign.
However Carson later clarified that Wexton’s question had been phrased in a way that led him to believe it was about LGBT rights in general and not a nuanced issue.
“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,” Carson explained.
He then addressed the calls for his resignation that Democrats had 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.”
It’s evident Carson has no intention of being scared out of office.