Ben Carson Pretends He Acted Like Jesus After Changing His Story Multiple Times Over His $31K Office Dining Set: Report

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson pretended that he reacted like Jesus after the $31,000 dining room set for his HUD office was made public, according to a new report.

Raffi Williams, a HUD spokesman, originally said Carson “didn’t know the table had been purchased,” but added that Carson isn’t going to return the dining set because he believes it was not overpriced. 

Carson later claimed he was “shocked” by the price of the furniture even though HUD emails showed that he approved the purchase.

Carson then told the House Appropriations Committee in March that his wife Candy was behind the expensive furniture, noted Salon:

I left it with my wife. I said help choose something, but I said the money that is going to be used, we need to take care of the deputy secretary’s office, and you know, whatever’s left over take care of the dining room furniture.

Now, The New York Times reports that Carson is finally taking responsibility for the furniture, and is claiming that his reaction was like Jesus:

Mr. Carson, who has privately fumed about what he regards as the unfairness of being singled out for criticism, resisted doing so until Thursday’s hearing, when one of the panel’s Republicans, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, gently prodded him to be more contrite.

“I take responsibility,” Mr. Carson said.

Later, he suggested the episode had been a personal ordeal, saying that he modeled his reaction to the criticism on advice that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount, which he summarized as “don’t worry about what people are saying about you, and do the right thing.”

(Sources: Salon, The New York Times, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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