Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify Report: A third of Ben Carson’s appointees have no housing experience MORE on Friday appeared to tie the sexual assault allegations levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a centuries-old socialist group.
"If you really understand the big picture of what's going on, then what's going on with Kavanaugh will make perfectly good sense to you," Carson said at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
"There've been people in this country for a very long time, going all the way back to the Fabians, people who've wanted to fundamentally change this country," Carson said.
.@SecretaryCarson: "A person is innocent until proven guilty...if you really understand the big picture of what's going, then what's going on with Judge Kavanaugh will make perfectly sense to you." #VVS18 pic.twitter.com/yWvRQ5mDNl— CSPAN (@cspan) September 21, 2018
Carson's use of "Fabians" appeared to be a reference to The Fabian Society, a British socialist organization with the goal of advancing democratic socialist policies that was formed in the 19th century.
The group currently functions as a think tank associated with the United Kingdom's Labour Party, according to its website.
"They don't like what America is and what it represents, and they want to change us to another system," Carson said. "In order to do that, there are three things they must control: the education system, the media and the courts.”
“The first two of those they have," he said. "The other they thought they had, but it was snatched out from under their noses in November of 2016."
Carson later noted that the further Democrats get away from controlling the courts, the “more desperate they become.”
Carson’s comments came after he lamented that people are steering away from the idea that “a person is innocent until proven guilty.”
A spokesperson for HUD did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE has ratcheted up his defense of Kavanaugh in recent days as the nominee battles allegations brought forward publicly this week.
Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychologist, has accused Kavanaugh of holding her down and trying to remove her clothes during a high school party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley extends deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to decide on testifying Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Kavanaugh accuser seeks additional day to decide on testimony MORE (R-Iowa) has pushed for Kavanaugh and Ford to appear before the committee next week to discuss the allegations, though the panel and Ford's lawyers are still negotiating.
Senate Republicans have asked that Ford come before the committee on Wednesday and that she testify first. They also gave her a 10 p.m. deadline on Friday to respond to their request, warning that a confirmation vote could occur next Monday if her lawyers failed to do so.
But Ford's lawyers slammed the request as "arbitrary" and asked the Judiciary Committee for an additional day to make a decision late Friday night.