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Ben Carson at Puerto Rico talk: ‘Rich people, poor people, people in the middle — we’re all in the same boat’

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During a interview on Wednesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made some truly eye-popping statements, including a suggestion that rich people and poor people are “in the same boat.”

In a talk with The Hill that was billed to be about Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery, Carson asserted that it would take between “one and 100 years” to rebuild the island colony.

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The interview also covered President Donald Trump’s latest attack on a Gold Star family who lost a loved one during a bungled mission in Niger.

According to Carson, if Trump had told the widow that the death was a “dark day,” the media would have accused him of “being a racist.”

Reporters who were at the event shared details of the interview on Twitter as it occurred.

“Rich people, poor people, people in the middle—we’re all in the same boat,” New Republic writer Emily Atkin‏ quoted Carson as saying.

Read some of the tweets below.

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Ron DeSantis threw temper tantrum after Trump hired strategist he ‘exiled’ from Florida GOP: report

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On Friday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump has brought back longtime Florida Republican strategist Susie Wiles to try to save his electoral chances in the critical swing state — and that Gov. Ron DeSantis, who worked to cast her out of power in the Florida GOP, is enraged by the move.

"Trump’s decision to reinstate Susie Wiles to his campaign’s good inner circle follows months of behind-the-scenes efforts to bring her back after she was exiled at the demand of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had her cast out of the president’s good graces in September," reported Gary Fineout and Marc Caputo, and it "comes as polls show Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden in Trump's adopted home state. Trump won Florida four years ago by less than 113,000 votes and a loss in the battleground would likely doom his reelection effort."

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Mike Pence calls his wife ‘mother’ — and just referred to Trump as ‘my father’

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Mike Pence raised eyebrows on Friday when he sent a campaign message referring to President Donald Trump as "my father."

"We need you right now," Pence wrote in a campaign ad. "It's going to take EVERY Patriot stepping up if we want to CRUSH Sleepy Joe's dreams of turning America into a BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALIST Nation."

"I convinced my father to give you another chance, which is why he's decided to EXTEND your PERSONAL 500%-MATCH OFFER FOR 1 MORE HOUR," Pence wrote.

NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny posted a screengrab of the advertisement.

Zadrozny also offered a theory that language could've have resulted from a copy and paste error with language from an ad that was meant to come from one of Trump's children.

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‘Complacent’ Trump slammed by a Marine veteran for ‘squandering’ the honor of slain troops

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Timothy Kudo, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, criticized President Donald Trump in a Friday column at The Atlantic, describing him as a “complacent commander in chief.”

Kudo slammed Trump for reportedly not reading or ignoring intelligence that had indicated Russia offered Taliban militants bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

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