Ben Carson, who Trump once compared to a "child molester," is now going to be his secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Donald Trump denounced Ben Carson's "pathology" when he was a candidate, but now wants him on his cabinet

By Matthew Rozsa
December 5, 2016 9:20PM (UTC)
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FILE - In this March 11, 2016 file photo, former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson listens at left, before announcing he will endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference in Palm Beach, Fla. But rarely have so many partnerships of political necessity appeared to be as reluctant, awkward, even downright tortured as in the 2016 GOP race. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (AP)

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson, formerly a practicing neurosurgeon, to be his new secretary of housing and urban development.

Trump's transition team said Monday they were "thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities."


When rumors were first floated that Carson might receive a cabinet post, the neurosurgeon told The Washington Post last month that "having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly."

Carson also had one of his close friends and business managers, Armstrong Williams, tell The Hill in November that "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."

Carson wasn't the only one who had harsh words about himself. Prior to the Republican primaries, Trump told CNN's Erin Burnett in November that Carson had a "pathological temper," illustrating his point by comparing Carson's self-described childhood delinquencies (which some have alleged were fabricated) with child molestation.


"It's in the book that he's got a pathological temper," Trump said at the time. "That's a big problem because you don't cure that ... as an example: child molesting. You don't cure these people. You don't cure a child molester. There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that."

Here are some other great things that Trump has said about Carson:


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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