Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday to face questions from the House Financial Services Committee.
During one particularly contentious moment with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Carson said, "reclaiming my time"—a prerogative only granted to congress members—and it immediately backfired.
CLIP: Complete exchange between Rep. Pressley and Secretary Carson. @SecretaryCarson: "Reclaiming my time."… https://t.co/fKvaGKqvUM— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1558462579.0
As the Congresswoman pressed Carson for a yes or no answer regarding the effect of subpar public housing conditions on the mental health of tenants, Carson said, "Reclaiming my time."
"You don't get to do that."
Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters—whose own reclamation of time went viral in 2017—interjected that the time, in fact, "belongs to the gentlelady."
The interaction between Pressley and Carson didn't improve after that, culminating in Pressley asking Carson if he'd allow his grandmother to live under current public housing conditions.
Twitter was quick to roast him.
Did I just watch Ben Carson try and reclaim his time? Lmaooo yo you can’t make this stuff up. This administration h… https://t.co/3DXllpIaFQ— I Am Inevitable! (@I Am Inevitable!)1558467659.0
@cspan @TVietor08 @SecretaryCarson @RepPressley @RepMaxineWaters Wow. Just wow. And this guy used to be a great s… https://t.co/NctH3gUOL8— Msviolin57 🎻 im🍑 (@Msviolin57 🎻 im🍑)1558465948.0
@cspan @SecretaryCarson @RepPressley @RepMaxineWaters I do not ever remember an Administration that was so hostile… https://t.co/4hUdkJdbCn— IAm©️🌀®️los℗ (@IAm©️🌀®️los℗)1558465106.0
Recently, Housing and Urban Development proposed a plan to evict all undocumented immigrants from public housing, knowing that the measure would likely result in families—including children who are American citizens—leaving with them.