President Donald Trump earned some criticism for declaring in a recent press briefing that his presumptive Democratic rival, Joe Biden, would work to “totally destroy the beautiful suburbs” across the U.S.
Nevertheless, Trump signaled that his administration is prepared to repeal an Obama-era rule he believes Biden would exploit to redefine suburban communities if he wins November’s election, as reported by Breitbart.
“No one will be SAFE”
The president is interested in rolling back the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule passed by President Barack Obama in the final days of his second term.
This effort to provide equal opportunity to those seeking to move into America’s suburbs would give the federal government more control over the types of residences allowed in such areas — in part by requiring a certain number of low-income homes.
Trump and some other Republicans view this as a way to overhaul these communities, and the president has repeatedly expressed his displeasure with the rule.
“Joe Biden and the Radical Left want to Abolish Police, Abolish ICE, Abolish Bail, Abolish Suburbs, Abolish the 2nd Amendment – and Abolish the American Way of Life,” he tweeted last week. “No one will be SAFE in Joe Biden’s America!”
So far, the AFFH rule has remained largely ignored by the Trump administration. Opponents of the measure, however, argue that Biden or a future Democratic president could implement the provisions to their fullest extent with deleterious effects.
“Replaced by a socialist nightmare”
“The American dream would be quickly snuffed out and replaced by a socialist nightmare,” Trump said on Thursday in describing the possible impact of Biden’s platform. “The end result will be to totally destroy the beautiful suburbs.”
While the Trump administration’s criticism of the rule has increased in recent weeks, it dates back to the earliest days of his presidency.
In 2017, Dr. Ben Carson expressed his objection to the AFFH language as part of his confirmation hearings as Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“That act says that we want people who are receiving HUD grants to look around and see if they find anything that looks like discrimination and then we want them to come up with a solution,” he said at the time. “They’re saying go and look for a problem and give us a solution.”
Trump has made it a theme of his first term to repeal orders imposed by his predecessor that he believes are not in the nation’s best interest. The latest reports indicate he shows no signs of slowing down as Election Day approaches.