Ben Carson kicked off Baltimore church property while defending Trump
Ben Carson, a Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), came to Baltimore last Wednesday to promote the administration's efforts to improve urban areas. This all stems from Trump saying that Rep. Cummings district is rodent infested.
Carson and other HUD officials planned to stage their event on a vacant lot. The vacant lot is owned by the Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ, which plans to build a parking lot there in the future. Carson was not allowed to hold a press conference there. “It’s nothing personal," said church member Gregory Evans.
“I didn’t know it was Secretary Carson. I just know there were a bunch of people over there that were taking over our site," said Evans. He also added that in recent years they had many problems with an empty lot, like for example construction crews from other sites leaving their materials.
Evans confronted the HUD officials that didn't ask before for permission to stay on a vacant lot, and he didn't allow them to stay there. So they moved to an adjacent alley to hold a press conference over there. “We just have all this animosity all the time,” said Carson during the press conference.
“For instance, you guys know, you were set up on this property, and right here is this church that said: ‘Get off our property.’ You know, a church? When we’re talking about helping the people. I mean, this is the level to which we have sunken as a society,” expressed his disbelief and discontent Carson.
Evans from the Church said later that the HUD helped with almost nothing, while his Church meanwhile was distributing clothes and food. At the press conference, Carson compared Baltimore to a "patient with cancer," saying that you can dress the cancer patient up, but "the cancer is going to have a devastating effect anyway."
He also added that “there are a lot of excellent and wonderful people here,” in Baltimore. "But there are problems and we can’t sweep them under the rug," he resumed it. He also appealed for national unity in overcoming problems, without political divisions.
Ben Carson is a former doctor who worked for 36 years as a neurosurgeon in John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.