Originally posted on July 29, 2020
As Trump’s polling numbers continue to look worse and worse, he has responded the only way he knows how to – by appealing to well-to-do white fears about their neighborhoods being invaded by the “others”, crime going up and property values going down.
As background, several days ago Trump replaced the Obama-era AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) rule that was instituted in 2015. That rule essentially used federal funding to encourage affordable housing that didn’t discriminate against minorities. He had earlier gutted enforcement of it and has been making a campaign issue out of it for some time.
Even by Trump’s standards this type of tweet is pretty vile. It openly stokes fears that end up making vast parts of the U. S. ungovernable. Not that Trump cares about any of that, he just wants to get reelected. Given that (a) he’s a racist and (b) he is so self-centered that he thinks everyone is just like him, he must have convinced himself that stoking racial fear will help his campaign. I can only hope he is terribly wrong about that.