Appearing before a Senate Committee, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson got a bitter dose of reality when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) confronted him over his tenure as HUD secretary and his priorities for the department.
The Massachusetts Senator tore into the former neurosurgeon, castigating him for failing to do his job.
“Mr. Secretary, a lot of people are criticizing you for spending tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on fancy furniture, and, don’t get me wrong, I think scamming the taxpayers is a scandal,” Warren said after a fiery line of questioning. “But the biggest scandal of your tenure is your unwillingness to do your job and enforce the laws that reduce housing discrimination and segregation across this country.”
Warren described how housing discrimination has exacerbated the wage gap between white families and black families in America.
“We are going backwards,” she said. “It is HUD’s job to help end housing discrimination. That’s what the law said. You said you would enforce these laws. You haven’t, and I think that’s the scandal that should get you fired.”
Watch the video below.