# Ben Carson, "any", and context

January 15, 2017

Dr. Ben Carson recently said:

It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit ANY American.

This is kind of a weird thing to say for someone who wants to run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, isn’t it?

More context (especially starting at 1:26):

(source)

Warren: Among the billions of dollars that you will be responsible for handing out in grants and loans, can you just assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the President-elect or his family?

Carson: “It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit ANY American. It’s for ALL Americans, everything that we do.”

Oh, I see now!

not [[an American]_x [it will be my intention [something_y [I do y to benefit x]]]]

Shout out to Andreas Haida for discussing this LF with me.