During an interview on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson reiterated his earlier claim that “poverty is a state of mind”.
He spoke about his first cabinet meeting with President Trump, the Affordable Care Act and national home ownership month.
Carson was asked about whether he would back off from his earlier claim that “poverty is a state of mind” and he responded with “not at all.”
“You know, what I said is it’s partly a process of how you think. And I know that from experience. I knew there was a time when I thought I was stupid, I didn’t think that, you know, my destiny was in my own hands. I started reading, I started reading everything. My whole world changed. I have a different view of things now.”
Carson has received a lot of backlash for his previous remarks. He said at the time:
“If everybody had a mother like mine, nobody would be in poverty.”
He also said that he believes parenting and a “strong sense of values” can prevent people from getting in poverty in the first place.
“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. 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.”
The former neurosurgeon has been outspoken about his own rise from poverty and is known for his encouragement of others to lift themselves up on their own.
Carson had two pieces of advice for people who are currently struggling financially:
“The person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you, nobody else. And the other one is, we’re all in the same boat and if part of the boat sinks we’re all going down too.”
You can see Carson’s comments below.