U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) blasted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for his responses Wednesday over guidance removed from HUD’s website, which helped protect LGBT people.
“We are all now more stupid than we were when we came in the room today sir, thank you,” Rep. Quigley concluded (video below) after going around and around with Secretary Carson.
At issue, the guidance that explains how to not discriminate against LGBT people.
Secretary Carson claimed that it was not necessary for the guidance to appear on HUD’s website because the rules against discrimination already exist.
“We’ve gone back and studied it very carefully and concluded that putting that sub-regulatory guidance there actually confused the issue, and made a lot more regulations necessary,” Carson tried to claim.
Carson also tried to double-talk his way out of the congressional oversight, saying “the agreement was that the guidelines would be reviewed, it wasn’t that they would be put back up.”
He repeatedly tried to claim that including guidance on policy and rules “confused the issue,” so rather than re-write the guidance, Dr. Carson supports removing it.
“Regardless of how HUD in D.C. views this, across the country people are being discriminated against, and they’re falling victim to crime and all the other issues that come with being homeless and not being able to get into a shelter,” Congressman Quigley added.
Carson also strangely claimed that after talking to legal “experts throughout government,” his “suspicion” is Rep. Quigley “would probably dislike the sub-regulatory guidance.”
Cryptically, Secretary Carson then said, “the rules that are there allow people to have a non-discriminatory attitude, and that’s what we are trying to achieve.”
Although he did not refer to religion, it seems Carson might have been implying any new guidance would favor conservative Christians over LGBTQ people in the name of “religious freedom.”
Rep. Quigley, exasperated, asked why the guidance couldn’t be posted.
“If you have a rule that tells you what to do, you don’t need more guidance on that,” Sec. Carson falsely claimed.
Carson, who has never previously served n government and has no management experience, is clearly unaware of what guidance offers.
For example, over at the Dept. of Education, Secretary Betsy DeVos tossed years-worth of guidance that helped parents, teachers, and administrators understand ways they could help protect the civil rights of transgender students. Parents especially were furious when those documents were destroyed.
Watch Secretary Carson’s condescending responses to Congressman Quigley, via NBC News:
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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis
Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.
Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”
Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.
President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”
Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”
Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”
National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:
“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest.” – me https://t.co/nMvNNLpb2I
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 30, 2020
Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.
Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:
Hey Big Boy.
Read the Posse Comitatus Act and stay out of Minnesota.
18 U.S. Code § 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus https://t.co/LyBKbrdioT
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 29, 2020
The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:
Yes, that’s right. Posse Comitatus applies until another law does. In this case, the Insurrection Act would allow it. Was used after the riots prompted by the Rodney King beating in 1992 to send a few thousand soldiers and Marines.
Touched on this here:https://t.co/ydMuyQttzf
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) May 30, 2020
ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”
Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message
On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.
One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.
It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.
News re the murder of George Floyd: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken former Police Officer Derek Chauvin into custody
No charging decision has been made yet.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 29, 2020
It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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