Navigating a precarious political moment, Trump continues to exploit the expansion of cultural divisions in a way that he believes will attract voters interested in security and order – despite polls showing strong disapproval of how he handles racial relations. .
As he distributes wanted posters of suspicious vandals on his Twitter account and warns those who painted red on George Washington statues to surrender, Trump also raises racial tensions using language and trajectories that begin in the wake of their divisive political days.
Some of the President’s political advisers are concerned that Trump is distracted from both the real health and the economic crisis facing the country and alienates the moderate voters whose views on race have evolved in the past, considering the Confederate monuments as ” history”.
However, Trump insisted the issue was profitable for him and refused to change course.
“This is a battle to save our country’s heritage, history and greatness!” wrote on Tuesday, using the hashtag of the # MAGA2020 campaign.
Polls suggest voters are now largely accepting Trump’s handling of the race, including the vast majority of women. Sixty-four percent of women said in a New York Times / Siena poll last week that they accepted Trump’s handling of racial relations.
“I will veto the bill to authorize the defense if the amendment of Elizabeth Elizabeth” Pocahontas Warren (of all people!), Which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee and Many other military bases from which we have won Two World Wars, are in Bill! “It simply came to our notice then.
Trump has also decided to remove the names of Woodrow Wilson and John Wayne from buildings and has launched an effort to punish people who vandalize national monuments.
Black Life matters
On Wednesday, the President recalled a plan recently announced by officials in New York to paint the phrase “Black Lives Matter” in front of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. It would be the second time the words have appeared in capital letters outside one of Trump’s homes. The mayor of Washington had the term painted in large yellow letters on a street near the White House last month.
Work on the plan will begin in the coming days, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. A day earlier, the New York City Council had approved a $ 1 billion budget cut for the city’s police department.
“NYC cuts police $ 1 billion, but @NYCMayor will paint a large, accurate, yellow, Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, underestimating this luxury avenue,” Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after de Blasio. the timeline of the plan. “This will further compete with New York’s Finest.”
The President, who has resisted calls for the condemnation of white nationalists, went on to call the words “Black Life” a “symbol of hatred” and suggested that police block the project: “Perhaps our GREAT police, who have been neutralized and despised by one A mayor who hates them and doesn’t respect them will not let this symbol of hatred be placed on New York’s biggest street. Spend this money to fight crime! “
Targeting a fair housing law, citing the impact on the suburbs
The message came after a tweet late Tuesday night suggesting a federal law on fair housing in the Obama era intended to combat segregation has a “catastrophic impact” on suburbs. Trump seeks to improve his stance with suburban voters, who were instrumental in his victory in 2016, but polls now show that he is losing badly – in part because of his divisive views on race.
In his message, Trump wrote that he was reconsidering the “Interesting Promotion of Fair Housing” order, which was introduced in 2015 as a way to strengthen the 1968 housing law, which banned restrictions on the sale or rental of homes to people based on race. and whom Trump and his father were accused of violating federal political rights in 1973.
“At the request of many large Americans living in the suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation, which has a devastating effect on these once prosperous suburbs,” Trump wrote. He said his opponent, Joe Biden, wanted to make the suburbs “VERY WORK.”
“It’s not fair to homeowners,” Trump wrote. “I can finish!”
However, it is not clear how Trump’s message can help – which in its time and content has been the subject of debate about race and equality.
Copy of the housing law
Although the law on equitable housing has been in place for decades, many neighborhoods have remained isolated, with minority communities less likely to have access to good schools, health care and public programs necessary to help citizens overcome poverty. AFFH was seen as essential to further balancing competition for disadvantaged populations.
In the official definition of the rule, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development states that AFFH is designed “to take substantial action to overcome historical divisions, to promote fair housing and to promote communities without exclusion”.
The rule required federal-funded communities to submit assessments and analyzes of their housing practices, which they argue support the rule that they are required to hold them accountable for complying with the law on fair housing.
Trump himself was accused of violating the law on fair housing when he ran his family’s real estate company in the 1970s. At the time, the Department of Justice claimed that blacks asking for apartments in Trump buildings had been evicted, but in the White House. leases were offered.
The case was eventually settled after Trump’s attempt to sue.
The Trump administration had already said in 2018 that it was delaying the implementation of the AFFH rule, part of its broader efforts to dismantle the legacy left by President Barack Obama. At the time, the HUD made the decision as part of its broader efforts to review rules left over from the previous administration.
Earlier this year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson proposed a change that would virtually eliminate AFFH, saying mayors and local officials know their communities better than the federal government and are better off making housing decisions. This was met with strong opposition from housing supporters, who said that eliminating the rule would make housing less fair.
“This attack on fair housing is part of the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to dismantle individual protection rights and must stop,” said Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, in March.