Current HUD Secretary Ben Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon who in 1987 successfully separated conjoined twins after almost 30 hours in surgery. It was a historic medical feat. Yet, because he talked about Oreo cookies at a recent HUD hearing, the Democratic National Committee deemed him a "moron."
The House Financial Services Committee grilled Carson earlier this week about the administration's policy in stripping public housing funding from illegal immigrants. He defended the policy and explained that there was a lengthy deferral period, but it seemed Democrats on the panel were more determined to demonize and humiliate him. That was most apparent during a confused exchange between Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) and Carson about the real estate term REO ("real estate owned"). Carson asked if she had said something about "Oreos," before he was quickly corrected. Democrats and the media mercilessly laughed at him and the verbal slip up - not his policy explanations - became the story of the day.
The Democratic National Committee's War Room Twitter account took advantage of the moment and questioned his IQ while railing against another HUD policy.
Yes, we laugh at Ben Carson because he’s a moron, but this is important.— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) May 23, 2019
Yesterday, HUD proposed a rule allowing federally funded homeless shelters to discriminate against transgender people. The point here is to punish people for their gender identity. https://t.co/QkuzYSEFw9
Fear not. Social media users were quick to "ratio" the DNC tweet.
He’s a world-renowned neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins..... y’all seem to have some projection issues.— RJ (@rcaster) May 24, 2019
I’m just guessing that the people who are alive right now because Dr. Carson operated on their brain don’t view him as a moron. What do I know? ???????— Angela Smallwood (@Lifeat2415) May 24, 2019
He's literally a brain surgeon. The very definition of intelligent people use in casual conversation.— Christopher R Taylor (@KestrelArts) May 24, 2019