President Elect Donald Trump has yet again gone against his claims of “protecting our LGBTQ citizens” during his election by recruiting yet another anti-LGBT member to his cabinet to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development — Ben Carson.
Carson joins the likes of Senator Jeff Sessions, who received a zero percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard on LGBT rights, Betsy DeVos, who donated $200,000 to successfully add an anti-gay marriage amendment to Michigan ballots.
Additionally, vice-president-to-be Mike Pence signed Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act,’ giving businesses the right to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religion. Carson will fit in nicely with his claims that same-sex marriage is a Marxist plot to “destroy unity [and] bring America down,” according to Pink News.
Apart from believing that homosexuality is an anti-establishment conspiracy, Carson has also compared gay people to pedophiles and has insisted that prisons prove that homosexuality is a choice, though he has since apologized for both statements.
According to the New York Times, Carson has no experience in government or running a large bureaucracy. Now, the retired neurosurgeon will oversee a department with a $47 billion budget.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement on Monday. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities.”
Carson grew up in public housing, and believes that the government has no role in improving impoverished communities.
“We the people have the responsibility to take care of the indigent in our society,” he said at a Republican event in February. “It’s not the government’s job.”
“He doesn’t seem to understand that extending access to opportunity includes improving conditions in racially concentrated neighborhoods,” Barbara Sard, vice president for housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said.
“Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans,” Trump said.
For Carson, however, ‘all Americans’ may be a bit too inclusive.
“Most people are heterosexual,” Carson wrote in his book ‘A More Perfect Union.’ “And changing the definition of marriage to suit those outside that definition is unnecessarily complicated.”