Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Wednesday of living in a neighborhood “segregated” from her constituents following comments she made accusing HUD Secretary Ben Carson of not caring about people in public housing.
“Well, since we live in a world where pro wrestling references are now the same as violent threats,” Carlson began, “one wonders what to make of remarks that California congresswoman and progressive hero Maxine Waters made about HUD Secretary Ben Carson.”
“During a speech on Saturday in New Orleans,” he said, “Waters said that when Carson appears before her congressional committee, ‘I am going to take his a** apart.’
“‘Carson knows nothing about the mission of HUD,’ Waters continued, ‘he doesn’t care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your fault and he doesn’t know the difference between an immigrant and a slave’ — whatever that means,” Carlson said.
“Now we’ve mocked Maxine Waters before on this show,” he explained, “but we should take her seriously on this subject. Congresswoman Waters is a confirmed expert on the question of housing, especially her own housing.
“Consider where she lives,” he said, “in a 6,000-square foot, $4.3 million mansion in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Now how’d she afford a place like that? After having spent the last 40 years working in government? We’d hate to speculate.”
“How does she keep getting re-elected despite not living in her own congressional district?” he asked. “No clue there either.”
“The district Waters actually represents in Congress has the second highest percentage of African-American residents in the state of California,” he continued. “Now the neighborhood where Waters actually lives, is just 6 percent black, or as she might put it herself if she didn’t live there, it’s segregated, like 1950s-level segregated. And as we’ve mentioned, it’s really, really rich.
“So how did Maxine Waters pull off a housing coup like that? Who knows, but it almost qualifies her to be HUD secretary, herself,” Carlson concluded.
According to Ballotpedia, Waters’ congressional district is 23.6 percent black.
Waters has made HUD Secretary Ben Carson a favorite target of hers — she told a crowd of her supporters she would “take him apart” and then later added an expletive to make clear what her opinion was of the Trump administration official.