Like Trade Wars, Trump Claims Homelessness Will Be 'So Easy' To Handle
Donald Trump claimed that homelessness should be “easy” to handle and used America’s homelessness crisis to attack his political opponents in California and New York, according to The Guardian.
The number of homeless people is on the sharp rise in cities throughout California, and while local politicians have already tried to penalize people for being homeless, they have neglected to address the root of the crisis: unaffordable rents and evictions pushing people on to the streets.
A year-end report by The Guardian found that homelessness had increased 16% in Los Angeles, 17% in San Francisco, 42% in San Jose, 47% in Oakland, and 52% in Sacramento county.
Workers and activists are becoming increasingly worried about Trump’s “tough talk” on homelessness, as he has repeatedly suggested he might try to implement some type of police crackdown in California in order to clear the streets of encampments.
On Christmas Day, Trump attacked California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, for his “bad job” on “taking care of the homeless population in California.”
Trump directed his offensive to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who has led the effort to impeach him, on Saturday and told her to “clean up her filthy dirty District & help the homeless there.”
Trump wrote the fixing the homeless crisis “would be so easy with competence!” He urged the governors of California and New York that they “must do something,” and if they “can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and ‘politely’ ask for help.”
While a report from Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers concluded that “policing may be an important tool to help move people off the street and into shelter or housing where they can get the services they need” in September, activists argued that Trump’s tweets about homelessness are “vile and reprehensible.”
The president and chief executive of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Diane Yentel, noted that Trump’s previous proposals would shrink or altogether eliminate federal programs that keep the lowest-income people affordably housed.
“In California, over 37,000 of the lowest-income people are at risk of eviction from this Trump proposal alone,” Yentel said on Thursday.
She additionally pointed out that Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development had “proposed allowing homeless shelters to discriminate and refuse shelter to transgender and other LGBTQ people, subjecting them to high risk of violence.”