Trump Targets Fair Housing Act During Pandemic, Thanks To National Review

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Sarah Shaiman

President Trump believes that Democrats are attempting to abolish or destroy suburban neighborhoods with housing equity.

Earlier this week, President Trump tweeted about how presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden planned to destroy American suburbs with “AFFH regulation,” according to a report from Media Matters.

The report notes that Trump was referencing “the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s protection titled Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requiring ‘that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act.’”

Trump seems to be echoing National Review writer Stanley Kurtz, who wrote on June 30 that Biden aimed to “abolish the suburbs” with the AFFH rule. Kurtz's assertion slightly echoes his false prediction from 2012 that then-President Barack Obama was “working to get rid of” the suburbs. Nonetheless, on July 1, Kurtz published another piece congratulating Trump for adopting his anti-housing hobby horse, even though the Trump administration already suspended enforcement of the rule in 2018 and essentially proposed eliminating it in January.

  • The report notes that Trump and his father were sued by the Department of Justice in the 1970s for violating the Fair Housing Act.
  • AFFH was not effectively enforced until 2015, and critics say the rollback would exacerbate the already existing affordable housing crisis.
  • Critics also say that repealing AFHH would suit developers, speculators, and the billionaire class.
  • In January, the Alliance for Housing Justice called the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back the protections “intentionally cruel and destructive.”

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