On Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson sat before Congress and told them he had no plans to alter an Obama-era rule mandating equal access protections for LGBTQ people to federally-funded homeless shelters.
“I’m not currently anticipating changing the rule,” Sec. Carson told Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA). He also said it is his responsibility is to “make sure everybody is treated fairly,” as The Washington Post and ThinkProgress report.
On Wednesday Carson’s Dept. of Housing and Urban Development published proposed changes to the rule that would strip those protections, based on the shelter operator’s beliefs, including religious beliefs.
Secretary Carson’s performance Tuesday before Congress was so bad on multiple fronts he was immediately mocked.
But now he’s being accused of having “lied to Congress or has no idea what policies his agency is pursuing,” as the Virginia Congresswoman said Wednesday afternoon on Twitter when she posted video of her exchange with Carson:
One day after @SecretaryCarson told me he isn't anticipating any changes to protections for LGBTQ people in shelters, HUD announced a proposal to gut that very rule.ADVERTISEMENT
He either lied to Congress or has no idea what policies his agency is pursuing. Either way, it’s unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/zn99sEKvth
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 22, 2019
Wexton is not the only one suggesting – or saying outright – that Carson lied to Congress.
Calling his remarks “fiction,” the Center for American Progress issued a statement saying: “He lied, misled, or—at the very least—didn’t know what his own agency was up to.”
Others are echoing the claim Carson lied – or has no idea what’s going on. The National Center for Transgender Equality says outright, “he lied.”
Sec. Carson told a House committee yesterday that he had no plans to revise this rule, stating “I’m not going to say what we will do in the future about anything. I’m not currently anticipating changing the rule.”
In short, he lied. This had to be in the works for a long time.
— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) May 22, 2019
Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy
While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.
According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.
The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.
Tucker Carlson: If America is so racist, why is Cory Booker a senator?
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has made no secret of his contempt for multiculturalism, even going so far as to suggest that diversity is not our "strength."
At the same time, however, he firmly believes that America is not a racist country, and has no reason to give reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans. The proof? New Jersey elected a black senator!
"Sen. Cory Booker made a guest appearance at the [reparations] hearing. He claimed that the same country that has made him one of the most powerful figures in the land, is in fact incorrigibly racist," said Carlson. He played a clip of Booker saying, "We as a nation have not yet truly acknowledged and grappled with racism and white supremacy that has tainted this country's founding and continues to persist in those deep racial disparities and inequalities today."
Wall Street Journal issues blistering op-ed asking Trump what the point is of a second term
In a blistering op-ed, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.
During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.
"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."