There are few in the Trump administration who are the beneficiaries of the same ire that the media holds for President Donald Trump. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is one of them.
Carson allegedly expressed concerns about “big, hairy men” trying to enter women’s homeless shelters during a San Francisco HUD office visit this week, according to the Washington Post, which said three people present interpreted the remark as an attack on men who identify as women.
The former neurosurgeon “also lamented that society no longer seemed to know the difference between men and women,” the newspaper reported.
The homelessness situation in LA today is a crisis. California should follow @realdonaldtrump ’s lead and put America first – that means LA first and SF first. Solutions come when we think logically, not ideologically. https://t.co/GuxQwK20db pic.twitter.com/5gQzxoRzh4
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) September 18, 2019
The remarks came during an internal meeting, with the Post citing anonymous sources. Many of the 50 or so HUD staffers attending Tuesday’s meeting were said to be “visibly shocked and upset.”
At least one woman reportedly walked out in protest — or picked an opportune time to take potty break.
One staffer said that Carson prefaced his remarks by saying “transgender people should get the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get to change things for everybody else.”
Equal rights, not special rights.
A HUD senior official released a statement denying Carson was singling out those who are confused about their gender, explaining the secretary was referencing men pretending to be women to gain access to battered women’s shelters
“The Secretary does not use derogatory language to refer to transgendered individuals. Any reporting to the contrary is false,” the official said.
As for the perpetually aggrieved left, who are always eager to assume the status of victim, they wasted little time in pouncing on the story.
Gillian Branstetter, spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the Post: “It’s gravely insulting to have the specter of violence from cis gender men used to restrict the rights of transgender people who are ordinarily the victims of that violence.”
“It’s a mythical notion that policies that are inclusive of transgender people somehow pose a threat,” she said. “It’s frankly despicable that such a harmful notion would be used by someone charged with facilitating programs meant to help people in need, many of whom are transgender.”
Hell, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro went so far as to blame Carson for the deaths of “19 Black trans women.”
19 Black trans women have been killed this year because comments like Ben Carson’s normalize violence against them.
As HUD Secretary, I protected trans people, I didn’t denigrate them.https://t.co/yibDnZAypj
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 20, 2019
And forget about due process, or that the HUD official denies the report, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., called for Carson’s immediate dismissal.
Sickening. Ben Carson shouldn’t even be given the chance to resign. He should be fired tonight. https://t.co/8UoXdSs623
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 19, 2019
Of course, what’s likely at stake here is that HUD introduced a proposal in May that would require transgender women — men who feel that they are women — to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with men at homeless shelters.
The move was portrayed in the media as the administration weakening protections for transgender Americans.
In the end, targeting Carson is an extension of the left’s toxic resistance to President Trump, as seen in a statement from the Human Rights Campaign.
The statement said, in part: “This is what Donald Trump’s cabinet officials do. Ben Carson has spent his career in politics expressing disgust toward the existence of transgender people. From his comments on trans people in the military to his support for a proposal that would literally permit emergency shelters to turn away trans people who are homeless to his unqualified support for a White House that has made attacking trans people a mantra, it is hardly surprising that Ben Carson would blatantly dehumanize trans people in his official capacity.”