Here’s good news and bad news for admirers and HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Like they say, if you’re explaining, you’re losing, and after Carson took a beating on social media for comments he made about immigrants who came to America below deck on slave ships, he revisited those comments both on the radio and on Facebook and in a series of tweets.

The good news is that he didn’t break down and apologize, something that must have most of the GOP looking on in amazement.

Some had made the point in Carson’s defense that one can be an immigrant against his will; it’s just a shame that Carson muddied the distinction between those who immigrated voluntarily and slaves by saying that “they too had a dream.” Their ancestors, maybe; it’s a point that Townhall contributor Walter E. Williams has made both humorously and eloquently in his progressive-triggering “Proclamation of Amnesty” — but the press allows zero room for slip-ups in the Trump administration.

Carson’s Facebook post reads, in part:

The two experiences [the slave narrative and immigrant narrative] should never be intertwined, nor forgotten, as we demand the necessary progress towards an America that’s inclusive and provides access to equal opportunity for all.

We should revel in the fact that although we got here through different routes, we have many things in common now that should unite us in our mission to have a land where there is liberty and justice for all.

That comes across much better than the lines from his speech to HUD staffers did out of context, but the chance of his post changing the minds of his critics is approximately zero.