Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson penned an op-ed one day before the election, where he praised President Donald Trump’s accomplishments for African-Americans as he rallied American voters to “reelect my friend.”
USA Today published Carson’s op-ed on Monday titled “Dr. Ben Carson: I knew Donald Trump before politics. I urge America to reelect my friend.”
“When I stepped aside during the 2016 presidential primary season, I knew I was stepping aside for Donald Trump. I’m proud to support him again,” Carson wrote.
“Donald and I were friends before the campaign season had started. Why did I favor my friend? I was optimistic about the future of our country based on what I had seen on the campaign trail,” the African-American pediatric neurosurgeon added.
He went on to share an interaction he had with President Trump during the 2016 election where he predicted that a Trump win.
“The evening of the last debate, I approached my fellow candidate and said, ‘Donald, you’re going to be the next president of the United States,’” Carson shared.
“Donald looked back at me and said, ‘Why do you think so, Ben?’”
“Because God is not done with our country, and because the American people haven’t given up on it either,” I replied.
The HUD Secretary went on to talk about the difficulty of growing up “in poverty” — and working his way to beat all odds through the help of his mother and “his faith in God.”
Opportunities for African-Americans
“During my childhood, the African American community faced an uphill battle in our efforts to truly be treated equally. However, even against all the odds, I went on to graduate from Yale University and eventually become a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, and perform unprecedented life-saving procedures on infants,” Carson added.
“I was able to achieve success through hard work, and most importantly, my faith in God,” he added.
He then compared the “unrivaled opportunities” now available to every Americans — including African-Americans, which he said was expanded by President Trump.
“In America today, the educational opportunities and job prospects made available to the everyday American are far greater than when I was a child or young adult, especially for the Black community,” Carson wrote.
“Donald Trump and the policies he has championed in his administration have only expanded those opportunities.”
He then went on to enumerate the record of the Trump administration with African-Americans.
“Before the pandemic hit, African-American unemployment was at an all-time low, jobs were plentiful and the economy was booming,” Carson said. “This doesn’t just happen out of thin air or due to empty speeches by former politicians. It happens through brave leadership. It happens because we have a leader with courage who stands up to give a voice to those who have been forgotten for far too long.”
He added: “It happens because we have a strong leader who takes decisive action when others before him only make empty promises.”
Carson: Trump is not a politician
The HUD Chief also cited how the incumbent Republican president focused on historically black colleges and universities, achieved prison reform, and prioritized investment in vulnerable communities.
“Trump is that courageous leader who keeps his promises — economic prosperity, religious freedom, and common sense in the courts,” he said.
“Trump isn’t a politician — we certainly know exactly what he’s thinking, which makes him highly effective for the American people, and a threat to the Washington swamp,” Carson wrote. “Americans deserve freedom — meaning reduced government regulation, a less biased media, and more opportunity for prosperity.”
“A vote for Trump is a vote for freedom,” he concluded. “I urge you to vote for my friend, Donald J. Trump, for president of the United States of America.”
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