‘Not sure he was fully awake, maybe he meant to reclaim his time back to sleep…’
Carson, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, testified before the committee and defended a budget proposal that would cut 16.4 percent from HUD’s budget and a new plan that would increase the rent of government subsidized housing by as much as 150 percent.
During his exchange with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Carson asked for more time to respond to one of Pressley’s questions.
“Reclaiming my time,” Carson said.
“You don’t get to do that,” Pressley responded.
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 21, 2019
Omar tweeted about the exchange and mocked Carson’s response on Twitter, suggesting he was not thinking clearly.
Not sure he was fully awake, maybe he meant to reclaim his time back to sleep. https://t.co/t25Pta8bVY
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 22, 2019
Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and former director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children’s Center, fired back.
Since you brought it up… I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb. I hope @IlhanMN knows I care about all people, even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life. https://t.co/BRl3ibSKM3
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) May 22, 2019
Carson’s latter dig was at Omar’s outspoken advocacy for abortion.
Omar criticized the recently-passed pro-life laws in Alabama and Georgia, arguing that the abortion restrictions are restrictions on “women’s rights.”
“No child or woman should be forced to have pregnancy against her own will,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
“These laws do not protect women’s rights it protects the violator committing these crimes,” she said, referencing Alabama’s law, which does not provide exceptions for rape or incest.