Led by Fox News, Trump seizes on homelessness for divide-and-conquer tactics

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Donald Trump is apparently so pleased with the reception his migrant detention centers are getting that he’s looking into forcing homeless people into federal hands, too. Trump is specifically targeting homelessness in California, because Fox News has been harping on it and because portraying a heavily Democratic state as hopelessly dirty and in need of federal intervention is likely to appeal to his base.

“Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other cities and into new government-backed facilities, according to two officials briefed on the planning,” The Washington Post reports, adding that “it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use.”

It’s the Trump administration. Lack of legal authority has never been an issue for them—and Trump’s pet Supreme Court justices would doubtless discover sweeping new federal powers to imprison people should he demand it. But it’s likely that the goal here is less to accomplish anything than to spread the message that liberals are dirty. As a White House spokesman put it, “Like many Americans, the president has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks.”

Most of the states with the highest poverty rates are red, but you don’t hear Trump aides talking about what Mississippi and Louisiana are doing to “dramatically increase poverty.” And California ranks just outside the top 10 on public health measures. Details, details. There’s a blue state to be smeared through association with homelessness.

So no, Donald Trump is unlikely to succeed at forcing California’s homeless population into federal camps anytime soon. But the fact that he’s talking about it shows where his 2020 campaign is going to take the nation.

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Larry Pyeatt
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Larry Pyeatt

If this idea were to be carried out, then the homeless problem in California would get fixed. However, the homeless problem in red states would not get fixed. It would actually backfire on the Republicans.

NeverTrump
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Trump, Fox, and his program should go F#*% themselves. California does not need nor want his help, unless it is to provide the federal funding that would help to create more affordable housing. California is a truly a land of the free, has the most beautiful weather, much of it borders the ocean, and puts more back into it’s communities then any southern red state. Why wouldn’t you head to California if you are homeless, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. If the government would do the job they already hve, then California could get it done.… Read more »
Chris Whitley
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Chris Whitley

No the problem would not be “fixed”. It would have a band aid put on it with a smear campaign to show how hopeless the Democrats are. Trump would never agree to the costs associated with something like this. It would interfere with his policies of skimming from our treasury. Why do you think he appointed Munchkin to run it.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
…Homelessness is mainly caused by the disastrous disparity , between the mega rich and the absolute poor . In other words , the Trumps of this world , and the majority of his base ( that wouldn’t be allowed) on any of his properties. ..How dumb do his base have to be , to believe the world’s biggest lier ? I understand they are “disenchanted “,with society that they feel has “done them wrong “ . But at the end of this , it will be worse for them , because that’s what has always happened , when they fall… Read more »
Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

… Trump has always picked on the weak
and homeless , as the way to show how
tough he is , always, against weak people, of course!
..Trump and his family, that refused to serve in the American military.
..But willing to pick on the weak and poor !

..Very strange .