In a scary and ironic twist of fate, retired Hopkins surgery great-turned-U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson this morning became trapped in exactly the kind of facility of which he has disapproved.
Carson was touring a public housing complex co-developed by retired Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning’s nonprofit. His wife, Candy, came along for the trip, along with the county’s public housing director and a group of four others, per the Miami Herald.
They were nearly done riding the elevator down from the rooftop when it decided to stop working near the lobby floor, according to the newspaper. Apparently, the 7-foot-tall Mourning was supposed to join them, but showed up 15 minutes late. He was waiting anxiously in the lobby after the elevator refused to open.
Luckily, no one was injured, and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue squad members pried the jammed doors open shortly after.
Carson appeared cool as a cucumber once he was safe. His only question before his next elevator ride of the morning: “Do we have the key?”
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) April 12, 2017
Carson is in the middle of a national public housing tour, an endeavor he promised shortly after he assumed his post at the head of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development last month. This was his first major headline since his controversial comparison of slaves to immigrants.
Previously known for incredible feats as a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Carson captured the attention of Americans last year — even after losing in the Republican primary elections to Donald Trump — when the president put him up for his current Cabinet post.
The move spooked officials and Americans who believe in the necessity of federally subsidized housing to provide shelter for low-income families. In his short-lived political career, Carson has said he doesn’t like many of the fair housing and federal programs of which he is now in charge. He stepped away from those criticisms during his Senate confirmation hearing this year, though some officials are still unsure of his plans at the chief administrator of U.S. public housing programs.
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