President Donald Trump called out Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a tweet on Wednesday that knocked the progressive politician for shifting the blame to Washington, D.C. for the growing homelessness problem in his once-glorious West Coast state, Breitbart reported.
The president accused the governor of having done “a really bad job” in addressing homelessness in the state, which has reached near-epic proportions, particularly in comparison to the rest of the United States.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a recent study released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined that a 2.7% increase in homelessness nationwide was almost solely attributable to a jaw-dropping 16.7% increase in California alone.
In response, Trump blasted the Golden State’s governor in a Christmas Day tweet.
Governor Gavin N has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California. If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved! https://t.co/2z8zM37PUA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2019
The president’s tweet linked to one issued days earlier by Fox Nation commentator Tomi Lahren, who demanded Newsom accept “accountability” and admit: “You and your democratic cohorts created this mess.”
Lahren’s tweet had linked to a video clip of Newsom blaming the Trump administration for doing “nothing” to address the homelessness problem and insisting that more federally-funded “housing” would be the remedy.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) December 20, 2019
A growing problem
While more affordable housing would certainly help to address some of the homelessness problem, it is not the only solution — nor is the lack of affordable housing the sole or even primary driver behind the growing homeless population in California. Rather, alcohol and drug addiction and mental health problems play a significant role, Breitbart noted.
Furthermore, left unmentioned by Breitbart is the fact that California is almost exclusively responsible for its lack of affordable housing, which stems from a plethora of extraneous and overreaching state regulations that have driven the costs of newly built and renovated homes to soaring heights that are unattainable for most Americans.
The Democrats who’ve run California for decades and their far-left policies are responsible for an overwhelming majority of the homelessness in that state — whether they want to admit it or not.
President Trump was absolutely right to call out Gov. Newsom for attempting to deflect the blame.