This is not a joke.
In what seems like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch come to life, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson actually got stuck in an elevator on Wednesday while in an affordable housing complex.
The incident occurred while Carson, who has said he believes too many people are in public housing, was touring Courtside Family Apartments, which is located in Overtown, a low-income neighborhood in Miami.
Former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who helped develop the complex, waited for Carson outside of the elevator as firefighters rescued Carson and six others, including Carson’s wife Candy. According to a reporter from the Miami Herald who was on the scene, the HUD secretary was stuck in the elevator for about 20 minutes.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who does not have experience in housing policy, stopped at the complex as part of a nationwide “listening tour” of affordable housing developments for low-income residents. The tour comes after The Washington Post reported in March that President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a $6 billion cut to HUD, shrinking the department’s budget by 14 percent.
So, naturally, when Twitter heard the news that Carson was stuck in an elevator in an affordable housing complex, users had to weigh in.
Here are the next-level responses: