Ben Carson, who served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Trump administration, said Sunday in Dallas at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) that welfare programs have “hurt black communities” much more than slavery every did.

Carson told CPAC attendees:

“When you look at what the black community has been through, go all the way back to slavery. It was the family, the strong family units and the faith in God that got people through that, that got people through Jim Crow, through severe segregation, through all the difficulties.

“But what really had a negative impact was when the government came along said, ‘There, there, you poor little thing, I’m going to take care of all your needs,’ and started implementing policies that were destructive to the family formation.

“Those are the things that have hurt the black communities the most.”

Those remarks set off a firestorm of criticism on Twitter:

Ben Carson shouldn’t be allowed within 50 miles of a microphone.

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