In an Aug. 16 interview with WRC, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson revealed his Virginia home was vandalized with anti-President Donald Trump sentiments earlier this summer.
"We were out of town and our house was toilet papered," said Carson, reports the news station. "They had painted 'F Trump' on it as well."
Carson says his neighbors quickly helped clean his residence, adding that he refused to respond angrily.
"That really is the message that I try to get out to people," Carson, who also says he did not file a police report because he believes in ignoring hate and "taking the high road" instead. "You can't necessarily control the animosity and the hatred of someone else, but you can control how you react."
Asked about the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, he emphasized the importance of peaceful dialogue and education.
"We need to explain to people that many of the Confederate monuments that were put up were put up specifically during the Jim Crow era, specifically during the civil rights movement, to make a statement," he said.
Carson continued, recalling a time a neighbor in rural Maryland hung up the Confederate flag after he bought a farm there.
"Interestingly, all the other neighbors immediately put up American flags shaming the other neighbor who took down the Confederate flag," he elaborated on Facebook.
"Less than kind behavior was met by people taking the high road," he later continued. He added: "Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let's use the right tools. By the way, that neighbor who put up the Confederate flag subsequently became friendly. That is the likely outcome if we just learn to be neighborly and to get to know each other."
However, when asked about Trump's controversial defense of Charlottesville's alt-right protesters, Carson supported his boss, reports Politico.
Sometimes, he even seemed to echo similar sentiments.
"Let us pray for those killed and injured during the unrest in Charlottesville today, but also for our nation as it is being severely threatened by hatred and bigotry on all sides," Carson wrote on Facebook Aug. 12, blaming "all sides" just as Trump had done.
Since then, he has publicly defended Trump.
"I want to push back and say it's not about pointing fingers about who should have done what and when they should have done it and when they should have said it," Carson said when asked if Trump was practicing the leadership America needs.
He then added it's not up to Trump to bring the country together, but the American people.
Sources: WRC, Dr. Ben & Candy Carson/Facebook (2), Politico / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, United States Department Of Housing And Development via Wikimedia Commons