Freshman Dem lawmaker cuts off Ben Carson after he tries to reclaim time in hearing

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE got into a spat with a Democratic lawmaker after Carson tried to reclaim his time during a hearing.

Appearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday, Carson was asked by freshman Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-Mass.) if he believed substandard public housing conditions pose a risk to tenants’ physical, mental and emotional health if left unaddressed.

“Yes or no, can you ask me some questions yourself and stop reading this silly stuff?" Carson replied.


“You don’t get to dictate what my line of questioning is. Reclaiming my time,” Pressley said. “You’re a very smart man. You understand the question. Please answer it.”

Carson continued to avoid saying yes or no, restating to Pressley that “you already know the answer.”

“I know the answer,” Pressley said. “Do you know the answer?”

“Reclaiming my time,” Carson said.

“You don’t get to do that,” Pressley told him.

“Oh,” Carson laughed.

Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash Melania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg California GOP candidate arrested on stalking charges MORE (D-Calif.) chimed in, affirming that “the time belongs to the gentlelady.”