Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson is getting mocked on social media after he failed to understand several basic terms related to his job that several Democratic Congresswomen were forced to explain to him.
C-SPAN posted the videos of Tuesday’s hearing online. In the first, Secretary Carson is unaware of what REOs are. REO stands for “Real Estate Owned,” as freshman Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) was forced to explain, and not a “Oreo,” as the HUD Secretary thought.
REOs are foreclosed properties that fail to sell at auction and become owned by banks.
Porter: "No, not an OREO. An REO. R-E-O."
Carson: "Real estate…?"
Porter: "What’s the “O” stand for?" pic.twitter.com/vAd1kIls9y
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 21, 2019
In the second video, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) was forced to once again explain to Secretary Carson what OMWI, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, is. She reminds Sec. Carson she had to explain it to him in last year’s hearing as well.
Carson: "Amway?" pic.twitter.com/5Jqf1sy72t
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 21, 2019
In both videos, Carson appears not only uninformed, but uninterested.
As the hearing went on, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin tried to cover for Carson, by falsely claiming HUD has no Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. It in fact does. Its website is here.
.@RepLeeZeldin to @SecretaryCarson: "The reason why you wouldn't recognize the term OMWI in HUD is that HUD doesn't have OMWI…Pretty unfair question to ask you who the director is of an entity that obviously doesn't exist within HUD." pic.twitter.com/BVXtHc9DwC
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 21, 2019
On social media, Carson was roundly mocked.
Ben Carson has been getting his ass handed to him on Capitol Hill all morning. I wrote last week about his new rule targeting undocumented immigrants in public housing, which may evict more than 55,000 kids who are either U.S. citizens or legal residents. https://t.co/cTq2YTzL1w
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 21, 2019
Betsy Devos has stiff competition from Ben Carson for “The Most Ignorant Congressional Testimony by a Cabinet Member Award”. 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/4rzQjCxdxO
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) May 21, 2019
Every single member of the Trump's Cabinet is uniquely and wholly unqualified for their roles, but perhaps none more unqualified than Ben Carson. https://t.co/wqK5aFBUCO
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) May 21, 2019
Note to Ben Carson: you are never being asked about Oreos in a congressional hearing. Guess better next time. https://t.co/op3v4owcDS
— Richard Allen Smith, well regulated militant (@rockrichard) May 21, 2019
what drugs is ben carson on and can i have some. https://t.co/HDnAJnu8QW
— Julie Gerstein (@havethehabit) May 21, 2019
— AnnRenee 💃🏾 (@The504Handler) May 21, 2019
Mrs.Porter should be the housing secretary.
Ben Carson can be the secretary of grains.
— Sankar (@trampolinest) May 21, 2019
Katie Porter is the best. Sec. Ben Carson is not. The guy is a wise-ass incompetent.
— jruh (@jean_unruh) May 21, 2019
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Another Santos Financial Concern: GOP Lawmaker Claims Campaign Paid WinRed Triple the Fees It Should Have
WinRed, the right-wing fundraising processor platform created to compete with Democrats’ ActBlue, has asked the Santos campaign to correct a financial report that claims the New York GOP lawmaker paid them more than triple what it should have – suggesting the entry on his Federal Election Commission (FEC) report is erroneous.
“Santos reported paying WinRed more than $206,000 to process donations to his 2022 campaign, records show. But that amount doesn’t match up with how much money Santos actually raised,” NBC News reports.
“WinRed charges candidates a 3.94% fee for contributions made online by credit card. At that rate, Santos would have had to have raised more than $5.2 million through WinRed to warrant a $206,000 payment to the firm,” NBC explains. “Through November, however, his campaign reported total contributions of $1.7 million, including donations that didn’t come through WinRed.”
WinRed would not tell NBC News how much the Santos campaign actually paid them, with the news network offering that it could be “sloppy accounting.”
But one campaign finance expert, attorney Brett Kappel, warns, “nothing that appears on Rep. Santos’s FEC reports can be taken at face value.”
This follows reports that the Santos campaign amended two filings to indicate that a $500,000 personal loan and a $125,000 personal loan, claimed to have been from the candidate’s own personal funds, was not from his personal funds. There is no information indicating what entity loaned the Santos campaign the money, or if it actually even existed.
That bombshell was followed up this week with yet another one: the FEC reports were allegedly signed by a “treasurer” who does not and never has worked for the Santos campaign. One expert called that a “big no-no,” and “completely illegal.”
Questions Raised About Another Freshman Republican’s Finances After He Refuses to Comply With Federal Law
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) isn’t the only freshman Republican facing questions about his personal finances.
An investigation conducted by News Channel 5 in Nashville has found that freshman Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) never complied with federal laws requiring that he make disclosures about his personal finances.
In fact, notes News Channel 5, “not only did Andy Ogles ignore that law during the campaign, he continues to ignore it today.”
The law in question requires that Ogles and all candidates for elected office to disclose their assets and unearned income, their liabilities, and sources of income paid by one source that exceed $5,000.
Ogles’ office hasn’t responded to News Channel 5’s questions even though the Tennessee lawmaker’s refusal to comply with the law could result in up to a year in prison.
Ogles’ defeated Democratic opponent, Heidi Campbell, told News Channel that it was “frustrating” to see Ogles flout the law, which she complied with last year by releasing her personal finance information all the way back in April of 2022.
“We, as Tennesseans, deserve to have representatives who are following the rules,” she said.
Ogles was also regularly late in filing campaign finance reports, which also contained so many discrepancies that Ogles has received four different letters from the Federal Election Commission demanding that they be explained.
‘Sociopath Party’: Morning Joe Panel Horrified by Chance of Trump-Greene ‘Crackpot’ Ticket
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is reportedly angling to become Donald Trump’s running mate — or possibly even president herself — and panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” are worried.
The second-term Georgia Republican has tried to rebrand herself as a liaison between the Republican Party’s establishment and its right-wing fringes, but the show’s co-host Mika Brzezinski said Greene couldn’t escape her controversial reputation so quickly.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene, I will just put my marker down right here and say this is a potential reality unless people get their heads on straight,” Brzezinski said.
Guest George Conway agreed the firebrand lawmaker would only make Trump worse as his running mate.
“I mean, in a way she’s perfect — Trump-Greene ’24, a crack in every pot,” Conway said. “This will be the sociopath party ticket. She absolutely would play to his worst instincts and play to the worst elements of the Republican base. I think it would turn off the center of the electorate, but at the same time, I don’t think it’s going to be serious that she would get this because Trump cannot take someone as a vice president who’s going to potentially upstage him. That’s why Mike Pence was so perfect for him.”
“Pence was, you know, so much of a cipher,” Conway added. “He drank water when President Trump drank water at a meeting. He would basically nod and agree with what Trump said up until that day on Jan. 6, which could have been prevented if we had a vice president with a spine who had conceded the election as it should have been conceded long before then. So I don’t think it’s a realistic possibility, but the fact that we’re even talking about it is horrific.”
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