- President Donald Trump on Wednesday noted the federal government’s abolition of fair housing rules in the Obama era, saying suburbs would not have to “worry” about low-income housing in their neighborhoods.
- “I’m happy to tell all people living in a suburban lifestyle dream that you will no longer be bothered or harmed financially by building low-income housing in your area,” Trump wrote.
- The 2015 Fair Housing Regulation, which confirms the situation, requires local governments seeking federal housing funding to collect extensive evidence of non-discrimination in housing in their communities.
- Wednesday̵7;s tweets were one of Trump’s most obvious objections to white fear and mourning in his attempt to bring back suburban voters who have steadfastly rejected the Verkhovna Rada since he took office.
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President Donald Trump has noted the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rejection of the Obama-era rule of fair housing, saying Americans living in suburban “dreams” will no longer worry “if there are lower-income families in their neighborhoods .
Last Thursday, Ben Carson, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, said he would cancel 2015, confirming further regulation of fair housing. This rule required state and local communities seeking federal housing funding to collect large data on demographics and living conditions and, importantly, to prove that they did not continue to discriminate racially.
“I’m happy to tell all people who live in a suburban dream of a lifestyle that you will no longer be bothered or harmed by financial situations by building low-income housing in your neighborhood,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Your housing prices will rise depending on the market and crime will fall. I have repealed the Obama-Biden AFFH rule. Enjoy!”
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) on July 29, 2020
Proponents of housing criticize the change in rules, saying it will give the area much freer space to allow for discriminatory and unequal living conditions.
For example, the National Coalition for Low-Income Housing said the rule change “is a complete departure from efforts to end historic, government-led patterns of discrimination and segregation across the United States” and will allow communities to ignore basic racial commitments to desegregation. fair housing law “.
Wednesday’s tweets were one of Trump’s most obvious objections to white fear and mourning in his attempt to bring back suburban voters who have steadfastly rejected the Verkhovna Rada since he took office.
In 2018, the Democratic candidates overturned 40 seats in the House of Representatives, largely defeating educated suburban voters, according to data collected by CityLab, which found that 22 of the 40 were “dense suburban” or “rare suburban” constituencies.
Now that polls reveal former Vice President Joe Biden worrying Trump among white voters, colleges and suburban voters, Trump has used fear to try to convince voters that Biden’s housing plans will make their neighborhoods less secure and desirable.
“America’s suburban housewives should read this article,” Trump tweeted on Thursday, citing a New York Post column criticizing Biden’s policy plans to expand affordable housing in the suburbs and set standards to prevent discrimination in housing. “Biden will destroy your neighborhood and your American dream. I will save it and make it even better!”
Some commentators say Trump’s references to “suburban housewives” and attempts to link Biden to suburban crime and disorder stem from an outdated notion of the suburbs being almost entirely occupied by wealthy white people who fear crime and distrust diversity in their communities.
While many suburban communities continue to fight fiercely against low-income housing, today’s suburbs are much more racial and economically diverse than in the mid-to-late 20th century, when the “white flight” forced many white Americans to flee the suburbs.
“For most people, the idea that Biden wants to ‘destroy the suburbs’ doesn’t make sense,” Paul Waldman wrote in a July 21 column in the Washington Post. “It’s the only thing if you think that increasing racial diversity will ‘destroy’ the suburbs, which means that the suburbs only exist if they are completely white.”