Dr. Ben Carson: Poverty is ‘a state of mind’

“You have to instill into that child the mindset of a winner if they’re likely to become a winner.”

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May 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson appears on SiriusXM’s Town Hall hosted by Armstrong Williams (not pictured) at SiriusXM DC Performance Space on May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM) *** Local Caption *** Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson told SiriusXM Urban View host Armstrong Williams during a recent town hall he believes “poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary added, “You take somebody who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee you, in a little while, they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world and they’ll work their way back down to the bottom.”

He also added it’s the responsibility of parents to instill positive thinking and values in their children to prevent a future life of poverty.

“You have to instill into that child the mindset of a winner if they’re likely to become a winner,” Carson said.

“If you’re always telling them they’re no good, they’re rotten, they hear that constantly, they see that around them. Then, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that that’s where the vast majority of them are going to go.”

 Hear SiriusXM Urban View (Ch. 126) Town Hall Event with Dr. Ben Carson on Demand: https://siriusxm.us/2qnerQU 

The Armstrong Williams Show airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Urban View (Ch. 126).

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