On Wednesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, fended off Congressional Democrats during a heated testimony on Capitol Hill.
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 21, 2019
The following day, controversial freshman lawmaker Ilhan Omar mocked Carson for his usual calm demeanor during Wednesday’s hearing, suggesting she was “Not sure he was fully awake.”
Omar went on to speculate that perhaps Carson “meant to reclaim his time back to sleep” in regards to a dispute over allotted time during the hearing.
Not sure he was fully awake, maybe he meant to reclaim his time back to sleep. https://t.co/t25Pta8bVY
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 22, 2019
In response, Carson took to social media to reply, pointing out that “I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb.”
“I hope [Omar] knows I care about all people, even those she does’t recognize as having a right to life,” added Dr. Carson, in reference to Omar’s stance on abortion.
Since you brought it up… I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb. I hope @IlhanMN knows I care about all people, even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life. https://t.co/BRl3ibSKM3
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) May 22, 2019
Conservatives overwhelmingly agreed, praising Carson while denouncing Omar for her comments and behavior.
That is an uncalled-for insult. Dr. Ben Carson is an extraordinary person worthy of high respect. Such inflammatory comments appear to be intentionally provocative & are shameful.
— J. Patrick Gans (@intentionmentor) May 22, 2019
Dr. Carson operated on my pastors daughter. My wife wanted him to be president. This insult from the Minnesota politician reflects her character and bias.
— Scott A Kohler (@itsscottyk) May 22, 2019
I admire you so much @SecretaryCarson
— Barbara Clabeaux (@barbaraclabeaux) May 22, 2019
Thank you, Dr. Carson.
— DealMeIn (@DenverPetre) May 22, 2019
If Omar lives to be 100 she will never accomplish as much good as Dr. Ben Carson did in one week of his life. Nor will she have the intelligence or the humanity. She is shameless and a massive drag on the Dems. Only good thing she’ll ever do.
— Linda Suhler, PhD (@LindaSuhler) May 22, 2019
Dr. Carson thank you for all you do and have done for humanity. God bless you. ❤
— Claudia Sherfy (@SherfyClaudia) May 22, 2019
I watched the disrespectful way you were treated in the hearing. I am proud of you for NOT playing their game. If they want to have a real conversation and do something without grand-standing, let them come to your office. We support you!
— Eric (@EricInSacto) May 22, 2019
Thank you for your tireless work @SecretaryCarson !! You are doing a great thing for American housing! Don’t let the bitter Dems get to you!
— Heather Lee (@mzheathers1) May 22, 2019