The mere mention of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s name sent “The View” studio audience into hysterics, and the hosts proceeded to bash him through the segment.
Host Whoopi Goldberg pointed out the show, which was recently “the most important political TV show in America” by the New York Times, aired around the world, and she recalled a Nigerian viewer who called co-host Joy Behar funny.
“If you think Joy is funny listen to this,” Goldberg said. “Housing Secretary Dr. Ben Carson testified before Congress yesterday and left people wondering if he actually knew what his job is.”
The audience roared with laughter, and then watched a clip of Carson repeatedly flopping under questioning before the House Oversight Committee.
“Listen, man, you know, get out of there,” Goldberg said. “Just stop. You’re a great surgeon, you’re a magnificent surgeon. I know this because Sunny (Hostin) told me, her husband — you need to get out of HUD get out of there. The housing is bad.”
Hostin, whose husband was one of Carson’s students at Johns Hopkins University, said the secretary had been welcoming and gracious when she knew him, but she said he’s got the wrong job.
“He’s just unqualified, and he appears to be not a good person in this role,” Hostin said. “He’s not the nice Ben that I know.
Co-host Meghan McCain said Carson should go back to brain surgery, where she could help patients like her father, who died from a brain tumor, because he clearly couldn’t oversee HUD.
“For me when you have this gift where you could be helping families like mine to sustain life,” McCain said, “to help brain tumors, I don’t understand when you have a gift like that why you’re doing this. I think he’s a genius doctor. I would prefer his talent going to helping brain tumors.”
McCain said the secretary made a mockery of his government service by sending Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), who tripped him up repeatedly on his job basics, a box of Oreo cookies afterward.
“It’s a reductive way to have a conversation about something that’s very serious,” she said. “That’s why it’s evoking so much emotional reaction from people. You’re making fun of lower-income housing issues by sending Oreos and tweeting it to the woman who asked the question. It reduces the conversation.”
WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview
A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.
The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.
St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.
But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.
US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’
Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.
Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.
"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.
‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic
President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."
Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.
"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.