Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took aim at “political correctness” in a warning to Americans at a contentious committee hearing. Carson is cautioning against the impulse to control speech and expression saying that it would “destroy” the country.
During Tuesday’s House Financial Services hearing, a leftist and advocate of squashing free speech, Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia) raised concerns over previous comments Carson had made about “big, hairy men.”
These comments were widely understood to be directed at transgender women, but democrats are famous for taking statements out of context, so it really could have been nothing. Wexton asked Carson to apologize for his comments, 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.” Unfortunately, this too was taken as “hate speech,” as you can see in Wexton’s comments posted to Twitter: