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Ben Carson to Newsmax TV: Dems Should Capitalize on Trump's HUD Progress

(Newsmax TV's "Spicer & Co.")

By    |   Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:09 PM EST

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson says the Biden administration should build on the progress his department made in regard to discrimination – after the president signed an executive order directing HUD to begin the process of rooting out systemic racism in the housing market by analyzing areas where the previous administration's policies undermined fair housing laws.

Biden's order also implores the department to fully enforce the Fair Housing Act.

"We have good laws in place," Carson told Newsmax TV's "Spicer & Co." "I will have to tell you that during my tenure, we reduced the backlog of discrimination cases by over 22,000."

"It's also important to point out that the majority of housing discrimination cases had nothing to do with race. They had to do with disabilities. And the majority of those disability cases had to do with service animals.

"So, those people who say our administration went backward, they don't know what the record is. They're just talking points.

"I wish they would actually come and see what we did and how we changed a lot of the rules and regulations in order to make it possible, particularly for minorities to be able to acquire housing. Because if you own a home, the average homeowner is worth $200,000, the average renter $5,000. That's where the big wealth gap comes in.

"So we're doing things to actually try to rectify that and rather than sit around and concentrate on falsehoods and pointing fingers, I wish they would actually look at what was done and then capitalize on that. Move on that, make further progress. Let's continue to make progress and not act like 3rd graders."

The Trump administration in July rolled back Obama-era housing guidance known as the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which directed HUD to make sure neither the agency itself nor the cities, counties, states, and public housing agencies it funds, discriminate in their programs.

Carson at the time said the rule was not helping.

"In nearly every case, it is a fact that local governments are more adequately equipped to deal with their community's unique needs than any unelected bureaucrat in Washington," he said.

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The Biden administration should build on the progress made by the Trump administration in regard to discrimination, according to former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson on Newsmax TV.
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Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:09 PM
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