A GOP consultant working for the Department of Housing and Urban Development since late January was fired Wednesday after President Trump became aware of an October op-ed critical of the then-presidential nominee.
Shermichael Singleton, an acquaintance of HUD secretary-designate Ben Carson, was hired Jan. 23 in a senior adviser role for the department after assisting the retired neurosurgeon through Senate confirmation hearings.
According to BuzzFeed, Dr. Carson, who apparently knows Singleton through media personality Armstrong Williams, was aware of the opinion piece at publication time and disagreed with Singleton’s expressed sentiments.
In the article, entitled “A Republican asks: Aren’t we morally obliged to stand up to Trump?”, published by The Hill, Singleton wrote that Trump represents a “new moral low,” for the GOP, and went on to describe why the New York businessman is dangerous both for the party and America as a whole.
“As an African-American . . . I am concerned about police brutality, the lack of economic and educational for our urban cities”, he wrote. “Hearing the nominee of my party ignore these harsh truths and opt for words like ‘law and order’ sounds like a coded message from an era in our history that should stay in the past.”
Singleton went on to claim that Trump took advantage of a party in disarray, “and, like cancer, attacked and spread, consuming everything is his path.”
“The brand and image of the Republican Party have been destroyed and we must take responsibility to rebuild our party on our solid principles,” he concluded.
Following Trump’s election, Singleton signaled support for the new president during initial interviews with the White House and HUD, and said he regretted writing the op-ed, the New York Times reported.
However, Singleton was summoned by HUD’s chief of staff last week and escorted off the premises. A CNN source with knowledge of the situation said the appointee was released for the October article, unbeknownst to Carson, who was reportedly “baffled” and “speechless” about the development.
This is now at least the second time a Trump administration appointee has been released for former remarks critical of the now-president. According to the Times, the White House previously turned down Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s pick for deputy secretary, GOP foreign policy expert Elliot Abrams, for similar reasons.
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