According to Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), it was the “deep state” that tried to buy that $31,000 table for Ben Carson’s office. She says no way did Ben Carson know anything about it. This is just plain crazy, even by Republican standards.
On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY) is trying to give HUD Secretary Ben Carson cover by blaming his current ethics problems on the “deep state.”
Tenney recently made an appearance on an upstate New York local radio program, Talk! of the Town. And she was asked about Ben Carson’s decision to buy a $31,000 dining table for his office. Tenney said that the whole “Ben Carson story is so misunderstood.” Then she blamed the entire situation on the so-called deep state.
“First of all, I like Ben Carson a lot. I think he’s really trying to do a great job there. But…somebody in the Deep State, it was not one of his people apparently, ordered a table, like a conference room table or whatever it was for a room. And that’s what the cost was. Ben Carson tried to- he said, “you know how hard it is to turn it back because of the way that the procurement happens?””
Invoking the deep state is the new go-to conspiracy theory for Trump supporters. They refuse to hold Trump, or anyone in his administration, accountable for the corruption or lies or ethics problems that are continually being brought to light by the press. It’s hard to say if they are talking about the deep state because they are just crazy and actually believe their own conspiracy theories, or if they are just lying to cover for the Republican corruption.
But whether or not Tenney actually believes what she’s saying, she’s wrong.
According to emails recently released, Ben Carson and his wife were fully aware of the cost of the table being purchased. They were personally and directly involved in choosing the table. And, on Tuesday, Carson testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee. And he blamed the entire thing on his wife.
“I invited my wife to come and help,” Carson said. “I left it to my wife, you know, to choose something. I dismissed myself from the issues.”
Later in the interview, Tenney was asked why the extravagant order was made at all. And she was asked if nepotism had anything to do with it.
“Nepotism is when you hire a family member,” Tenney corrected them. “What it is is that people in the Deep State who’ve been there, they might be—they say ‘hey we’re going to buy this because this is what somebody else did.’”
“I know that Ben Carson did not order that table,” Tenney continued. “It has nothing to do with him. He comes from, you know, poverty.”
This is not the first time that Claudia Tenney has made nut-job claims. After Rob Porter was fired because of domestic abuse, Tenney said, “I don’t think it was a great hire if these are true, but again, are these true?” And she recently grabbed headlines when she said that it was “interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.”
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