President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Wednesday that he would win the key suburban women’s ballot in the November election, a claim that came after rival Joe Biden named a female running mate.
The ‘suburban housewife’ will vote for me. They want security and are very happy that I ended the long-term program of low-income homes invading their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge! The president wrote on Twitter.
Republicans have focused their efforts on courting suburban women in recent elections, calling them everything from “football moms” to “security moms” to “Walmart moms.”
Trump has appealed to that ballot box through fear-mongering and racist language, using the housing issue to make his point. He has a fight he will ban “low-income housing” from such areas – a claim called racist because it is interpreted as keeping minorities out of the suburbs. And ‘suburban housewife’ is seen as referring to white women.
President Donald Trump claimed he would win ‘suburban housewives’ – an influential ballot box he courted with fear and racist language
His latest tweet on Wednesday comes the day after Biden chose Kamala Harris to be his running mate. She is the first black woman to be named a vice-presidential candidate – a choice that will appeal to both black and female voters.
The president also checks in his tweet Cory Booker, the black New Jersey senator who is the former mayor of Newark. Booker doubled as mayor on an affordable housing program in that city, but it’s unclear why Trump accused Biden of putting Booker in charge of the matter.
Booker made affordable housing an important part of his presidential platform when he ran for the Democratic nomination, and Biden has expressed support for his plan.
The suburbs have become a major tipping point in politics – decisive House race, senate games and presidential elections. They have experienced significant growth in recent decades, both in size and diversity. Almost half of all voters live in a suburb.
Since George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the candidate who won the Suburbs won the election, except in the 2012 contest when Mitt Romney won the Suburbs but lost to Barack Obama.
But Trump is not doing well in those areas and the women who live there.
An NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll last month found that 66 percent of women in the suburbs generally disapproved of President Trump’s work, and 58 percent said they “ strongly ” disapprove of it.
The suburbs were also the scene of Black Lives Matter rallies that sprang up around the country after George Floyd’s death. Trump has tried to use those protests as a political weapon in his favor, using them to arouse fear of violence and unrest.
The president has claimed that if Biden is elected president, “our suburbs” will be destroyed.
“Your home will fall in value and crime rates will rise rapidly,” Trump said. ‘People have worked their whole lives to get into a community, and now they are going to see how things go to hell. It’s not going to happen while I’m here. ‘
Last month, Trump reinforced his courtship in the suburbs, connecting life there to the housing problem.
“ I am happy to inform all the people living in their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or hurt financially by building low-income homes in your neighborhood, ” Trump tweeted on July 29, adding that crime will decrease. ‘
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a former Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, called it “ blatant racism of the President of the United States. ”
“And it’s disgusting,” added the Massachusetts Democrat.
In the tweet, Trump pointed out how he reversed an Obama-era housing rule aimed at combating racial segregation, including in suburban neighborhoods.
“Your home prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down,” Trump said, praising his move. ‘I have withdrawn the Obama-Biden AFFH rule. To enjoy!’
Elizabeth Warren calls President Trump’s use of housing issue in the suburbs ‘racism’
Senator Elizabeth Warren jumped in, pointing out that the rule Trump flipped was to help cities address “ our country’s ugly legacy of government-backed discrimination and housing segregation. ” She said his tweets amounted to ‘blatant racism’
AFFH stands for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, part of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.
It was updated in 2015 under Obama to prompt cities and towns to identify patterns of housing discrimination and enact plans to address those issues.
Warren explained how the rule was put in place to help cities tackle “our country’s ugly legacy of government-sponsored discrimination and housing segregation.”