Ben Carson is back in the political sphere. The former Hopkins surgeon lost his presidential bid during the Republican primary. But since he stayed loyal to Trump even after being on the losing end, he could end up as a cabinet secretary.
Which position, however, remains unclear. Given that Carson is a doctor, some form of health position may seem logical. On Wednesday, he told Politico that he would like to help Trump come up with a plan that would replace Obamacare, which “must come first.” Of course, no details of a plan have been offered publicly by Trump or other leaders. Just a pledge to repeal and replace. But Carson fits right in with Republicans, having said the Affordable Care Act was equivalent to “slavery, in a way.”
But that might not be where he ends up. On Thursday, news started popping up that Carson is in the running for Education Secretary. Buzzfeed published a shortlist that has Carson in this role, as well as health. On this policy area, Trump’s transition website says he intends to expand “choice,” charter schools and vouchers.
Carson will bring his own views to this role. As the Washington Post reported in 2012, Carson made waves as he was about to give an Emory University commencement speech in 2012 because he believes that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago by God, and rejects evolution. This is contrary to what’s taught in classrooms these days as well as accepted science, which puts the Earth around 4.5 billion years old.
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