On Wednesday Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who worked for decades as a top neurosurgeon in Baltimore, stood by President Donald Trump’s depiction of the city as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
“It’s sort of like if you have a patient who has cancer. You can dress them up, and put a nice suit on them, and you can try to ignore it, but that cancer is going to have a devastating effect,” said Carson, who has frequently defended the President against charges of racism over the years. “You have to be willing to address that issue if you are ever going to solve it.”
“I would like for the President to actually express his heart to the people the way he has expressed it to me. I think sometimes, he feels that he’s going to be treated so hostilely that he says, ‘Well maybe, I don’t even want to go there,'” Carson said.
“This is the level of which we have sunken as a society. It’s so important that we stop this, this madness. We have some threats. But it’s not China. It’s not Russia. It’s not North Korea. It’s us, and whether we can learn how to work together and realize that we’re not each other’s enemy and that we have a job to do here,” Carson said.