Ben Carson took front and center of the stage at the RNC last week during his speech, supporting Trump and defending him against those who would try as hard as they can to bring him down.
‘They could not be more wrong’ were his quoted words in response to those calling Trump a racist.
Hear it for yourself below:
Axios gave us the facts:
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defended President Trump against accusations of racism at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.
Why it matters: Carson, the only Black member of Trump's Cabinet, has become a loyal ally and defender of the president since running against him in the 2016 Republican primary.
The big picture: Joe Biden accused Trump in July of being the first racist to be elected to the White House — the first time the Democratic nominee had directly made the attack, per the Washington Post.
What he's saying: "President Trump does not dabble in identity politics. He wants everyone to succeed and believes in the adage, 'a rising tide lifts all boats.' Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong."
- "One of the first things he did as president was bring the Office of Historically Black Colleges and Universities into the White House so that it could get proper attention and financial support. Before the pandemic, African American unemployment was at an all-time low."
- "President Trump accomplished prison reform. He created incentives to encourage investors to become involved with economically-deprived areas of America."
- "What is racist is the fact that African Americans have the highest abortion rate. President Trump is the most pro-life President in our country's history. He will continue to fight for those who cannot yet speak."
Of note: Carson began his speech by acknowledging the emotional toll currently faced by the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot several times in the back by police officers while walking to his car, per the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Fox News shared more about Carson and his speech at the RNC
Ben Carson, the secretary of the housing and urban development, on Thursday struck back at Democrats who have called President Trump a racist, saying they "could not be more wrong."
"President Trump does not dabble in identity politics," Carson said during a speech to the Republican National Convention. He added: "Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong."
Carson, a neurosurgeon best known for performing the first successful separation of conjoined twins in 1987, pointed to Trump securing permanent funding for the nation's historically Black colleges and universities with bipartisan legislation in 2019, and establishing a program to spur investments in low-income communities as part of the 2017 tax overhaul. (According to a report released by the administration on Monday, the so-called opportunity zones have attracted $75 billion in capital through 2019).
Carson also noted that before the coronavirus pandemic began, the African American unemployment level was at the lowest level on record.