Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson traveled to Baltimore on Wednesday to defend President Donald Trump’s attacks on the city — but his defense of the president was cut short when the church where he was speaking booted him off their property.
CBS Baltimore reports that Carson went to the city to talk up the HUD’s work in Baltimore and to reassure residents that the president wants to work with them to help improve their city.
Carson had wanted to speak on property that belonged to the Morning Star Baptist Church in Baltimore — but the church told him that it didn’t want him on their property and asked them to leave.
Carson eventually gave his speech at another location, but he couldn’t help knocking the church for booting him out.
“It’s a church — they say, ‘Get off of our property!'” Carson complained. “I mean, a church! When we’re talking about helping people! This is just the level to which we have sunk!”
But Gregory Evans, a member of the Morning Star Church, told CBS Baltimore that Carson never told the church beforehand of his plans to use its property.
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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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