Ben Carson fired back at critics who were skeptical of his qualifications to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), calling them “stupid.”
“People are so stupid,” the former neurosurgeon and presidential candidate said at The Hill’s Newsmaker Series event on Wednesday morning. Carson was confirmed as HUD secretary in March by a vote of 58-41.
The focus of the event was on the future of housing, particularly housing needs in recently hurricane-ravaged areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Carson said rebuilding Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria could take up to 100 years.
The Senate on Tuesday passed a disaster relief bill that would provide $36.5 billion in funding for hurricane relief, a flood insurance program and wildfire recovery efforts in the West.
Carson has claimed that homosexuality is a choice, evolution is an idea encouraged by the devil and that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”