Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has warned that political correctness is “going to destroy our nation”
Taking aim at “political correctness” at a contentious committee hearing on Tuesday, Carson said that the impulse to control speech and expression would “destroy” the US.
RT reports: During Tuesday’s House Financial Services hearing, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia) raised previous comments Carson had made about “big, hairy men,” widely understood to be directed at transgender women, inviting him to apologize, but the secretary was having none of it.
“I think this whole concept of political correctness – you can say this, you can’t say that, you can’t repeat what someone said – is total foolishness and it’s going to destroy our nation,” Carson shot back, adding: “We need to be more mature than that.”
Carson, a Republican, went on to deny that he was referring to transgender women in his prior remark – made at a HUD meeting last month – arguing that he was merely “relating a story” a women’s group told him about men entering their facility “and having to be accepted because of the rules that were in place.”
While he said he could not recall the group who told him that story, Carson added that they were based in Alaska.
Wexton later took to Twitter to lament the exchange, slamming Carson for his refusal to apologize and stating that “hateful words translate into discriminatory policy.”
The Democratic representative has previously quarreled with Carson, decrying a new HUD policy rolled out earlier this year which allowed federally funded homeless shelters to turn away transgender people on religious grounds, a move she called “incredibly dangerous.”