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Retired neurosurgeon and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is certainly no stranger to controversial statements.

Carson’s latest controversial comment was captured during a Wednesday appearance on a Sirius XM radio show.

“I think poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind,” he said. “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”

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While Carson continued to speak about “defeatist attitudes,” the internet buzzed with reactions to his comments.

Several criticized Carson for being out of touch:

Even the dictionary had something to say:

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Others defended Carson’s comments:

Carson’s full comments can be heard below, courtesy of Sirius XM:

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