Behar says Ben Carson is under POTUS' 'influence,' cites Trump's 'cult of mentally crazy people'

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson received some tough criticism from "The View" when co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg suggested he was making poor, misinformed decisions as head of the department.

Co-host Sunny Hostin, who praised Carson's surgical skills on Wednesday, asked why a renowned doctor like himself wasn't doing more to help people in housing projects.

"It's not that he could help it," Goldberg said. "What he can do is he can stop trying to evict people who are here legally, living with families, who haven't become citizens yet. He can stop trying to cut the damn budget to buildings all over the country."

When Hostin questioned why Carson did those things, Goldberg said that "he doesn't know any better." Behar chimed in, similarly suggesting that Carson made those decisions under Trump's influence.

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"He's under the influence of Donald Svengali [Trump] who has already created this cult of mentally crazy people," she said. "I mean everybody who believes Donald Trump -- I believe has to look a little closer."

Her comments followed heightened attention surrounding Carson after he testified before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday.

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"The View" seemed to take issue with Carson's response to a question about a housing abbreviation as well as his apparent refusal to answer in detail a question about "sub-standard public housing conditions."

"Listen man, get out of there," Goldberg told Carson on Wednesday. "You're a great surgeon, you're a magnificent surgeon ... you need to get out of HUD. Get out of there."