Trump boasts he’s axed diversity rule so suburbs ‘will not be bothered by low income housing’ and ‘crime will go down’ – The Sun

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has touted the "suburban lifestyle dream" by telling voters in the suburbs they will no longer be bothered by low-income housing.

Trump made the claim on Twitter on Wednesday, stating he had rescinded an Obama-Biden era rule that looked to tackle racial disparities in housing.

Critics of Trump's decision have called the move racially-charged and an attempt to claw back suburban voters, who have been shown in recent polls to strongly favor presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of this year's presidential election.

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, or the AFFH rule, told jurisdictions that receive housing funds that they must assess patterns of housing discrimination and come up with a plan to diminish them – but the president confirmed Wednesday that rule is no more.

In a tweet, Trump wrote: "“I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.

“Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!”


The rule, which came into place in 2015, was rescinded last week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Ben Carson, secretary of the HUD, said the rule was "unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with."

He added: "Washington has no business dictating what is best to meet your local community’s unique needs."

In order for local jurisdictions to qualify for HUD funding, the new rule reduces the burden on such jurisdictions to show they are taking steps to address historical patterns of racial segregation.

Critics of Trump's move have called it racially-charged, adding that the president is looking to appeal to white voters in the middle of an election year.

Others have said that the rule change will give localities much freer rein to discriminate while keeping unequal housing conditions.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition said the rule change "represents a complete retreat from efforts to undo historic, government-driven patterns of housing discrimination and segregation throughout the US," adding that it would "allow communities to ignore the essential racial desegregation obligations of fair housing law."

Last week, Trump criticized the rule, saying: "Your home will go down in value and crime rates will rapidly rise."

He also said: “People have worked all their lives to get into a community, and now they’re going to watch it go to hell. Not going to happen, not while I’m here.”

Some have questioned whether the president's move is an attempt to pit suburban voters against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who has been comfortably leading Trump in a variety recent polls.

Last week, a New York Post column criticized Biden's plans for America's suburbs, while Trump tweeted, “Biden will destroy your neighborhood and your American Dream,” adding, "I will preserve it, and make it even better!”

In 2018, Democrats flipped 40 seats in the House – mainly by winning over college-educated suburbanite voters.

According to CityLab, 22 of the 40 seats that flipped were in "dense suburban" or "sparse suburban" areas.

The Washington Post's Paul Waldman wrote in an opinion column on July 21: "To most people, the idea that Biden wants to 'destroy the suburbs' makes no sense. It's only coherent if you think that an increase in racial diversity would 'destroy' the suburbs, which means that the suburbs only exist if they're all-white."

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