President-elect Donald Trump will
nominate Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD).
Carson, who grew up poor in Detroit and
went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon, dropped out of the
Republican race for the presidential nomination in March after
disappointing results on Super Tuesday.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and
is passionate about strengthening communities and families within
those communities,” Trump said in a statement.
“We have talked at length about my
urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much
including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future
of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency
representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives
up,” he added.
In 2013, Carson was pressured to
apologize for comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality and
pedophilia. Despite the apology, he continued to make outrageous
claims against the LGBT community, possibly in hopes of winning over
Christian conservatives during the presidential primaries.
Carson returned to the headlines for a
homophobic remark in January of 2015, when he warned gay couples
against pushing bakers opposed to marriage equality, saying that the
bakers might “poison” their cake.
Two months later, Carson argued that
being gay is a choice, “because a lot of people go into prison
straight and when they come out they're gay.”
Savage invites Ben Carson to suck his dick to see if it turns him
But late last year, it was revealed
that while serving on the boards of retailer Costco Wholesale and
food manufacturer Kellogg, Carson supported several gay rights
initiatives, including domestic partner benefits, diversity training
and barring discrimination based on gender identity.
When asked to explain the discrepancy,
Carson answered that despite his opposition to marriage equality
“there is no reason you can't be perfectly fair to the gay
During the Republican National
Convention in Cleveland, where he endorsed Trump for president,
Carson called changing gender the “height of absurdity.”