Ben Carson Under Fire for Saying Poverty is a ‘State of Mind’

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is under fire for calling poverty a “state of mind.”

In an interview with SiriusXM Radio host Armstrong Williams that aired on Wednesday, Carson was asked about what could be done to reduce the number of people living in poverty.

“If everybody had a mother like mine, nobody would be in poverty,” Carson started. “She was a person who absolutely would not accept status of victim.”

Carson said it’s mind over matter.

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” said Carson. “You take somebody who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee you in a little while they’ll be right back up there. 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 also said parenting and a “sense of strong values” played a role in keeping people out of poverty.

When he ran for president during the 2016 primary, Carson spoke frequently about his rise from abject poverty and his prescription for an up-by-the-bootstraps approach to social progress.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Chandelis R. Duster