Set aside pee jokes for a few minutes and call your senators about Ben Carson, Trump’s terrible pick for Housing and Urban Development.
If you’ve been calling about Trump’s other picks, you know the drill.
Get phone numbers and other contact info for your senators here.
Carson is testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; check here to see if either of your senators is on the committee.
Tell the staffer who takes your call who you are, and note that you are one of the senator’s constituents — i.e., someone who will actually be voting for or against them in future elections.
Raise your concerns about Carson.
Like, say, the fact that he has absolutely no expertise on housing issues and no experience in government at all; he’s a retired neurosurgeon. Not only that, but when the possibility of a cabinet position for him was first raised he said that he felt unqualified to run a federal agency.
Carson is also a raging homophobe with regressive views on women’s issues. And he holds a number of odd beliefs that raise questions about his judgement, to put it mildly. In the brief video below, he explains a few of his, er, positions.
The video below has nothing to do with Ben Carson, but, I dunno, it’s pretty great.
Back to your call about Carson.
Ask if the senator plans to vote against Carson, or if they have spoken out against him; offer support if they say yes, tell them that you are disappointed if they say no.
If they are on the Banking Committee, encourage them to give Carson the “extreme vetting” he deserves, or something along these lines.
And here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.
See my post here for a schedule of all the cabinet confirmation hearings this week.