8 GOP House members demand Housing and Urban Development for Carson, call Cruz ‘prejudiced’

Eight GOP members of Congress have demanded President Trump withdraw U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson from his post after the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) apologized for a letter…

8 GOP House members demand Housing and Urban Development for Carson, call Cruz 'prejudiced'

Eight GOP members of Congress have demanded President Trump withdraw U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson from his post after the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) apologized for a letter to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that called Cruz “prejudiced.”

The senators said that while the letter was not intended to be an “attempt to insult or harm Sen. Cruz’s religious beliefs, nor is it intended to recognize him as the foremost opponent of divisive public policy in the Senate,” they said the letter called Cruz “an arch-conservative and a giant leap backwards for the Republican Party.”

“These accusations are not true, but even if they were, Ben Carson should immediately withdraw his nomination to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,” the lawmakers said in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, California Rep. David Valadao, Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, Indiana Rep. Luke Messer, Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan and Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski.

NAHB president Jerry Howard apologized Wednesday after The Washington Post reported the letter.

Howard, who has described himself as a Roman Catholic who pastors a Methodist church, said he “misinterpreted” the letter from his fellow builders and released a statement Wednesday after a church leader asked the NAHB to revoke the group’s apology and reinstate the letter.

“The letter makes it clear that the intent of the organization’s members is to urge the president to eliminate discriminatory policies and condemn the tolerance of bigotry that influences parts of our country,” Howard said. “Those are values that are based on the Bible and beliefs that NAHB members share.”

Carson has so far not withdrawn his nomination. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Trump called “little bit ridiculous” and “highly overplayed” the controversy.

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