American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:
“Just a few weeks ago, Ben Carson admitted he isn’t qualified to serve in the administration. And as HUD Secretary, Carson — who has described public housing as ‘communist’ — would have control over housing policy and the power to shatter the lives of millions of Americans.
“Trump didn’t pick Carson for his policy expertise, so it was probably Carson’s willingness to boost Trump’s real estate interests that sealed the deal. But Carson’s openness to corruption and proclivity for bigotry aren’t qualifications. For once, Ben Carson is right: he has no place in government.”