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Ben Carson: Poverty is ‘A State of Mind’

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson awoke from a long period of media absence to make some controversial remarks about poverty.

Speaking to close associate, Armstrong Williams, on his SiriusXM Radio program, Carson called poverty a “state of mind,” while making a larger point about how attitude and personal responsibility were the real determining factors.

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there,” said Carson. “And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”

Carson’s own up from poverty success story was a consistent theme during his presidential campaign in 2016. After being vanquished by Donald Trump on the trail, Carson endorsed the billionaire. He ultimately became a top surrogate and a surprise pick for the cabinet position he now holds.

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