Booker tells Trump ‘your racism is showing’ after president hits him on low income housing in suburbs

Posted Aug 12, 2020

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday told President Donald Trump “your racism is showing” on Twitter after the president suggested that Booker and Joe Biden would push policies for low income housing to “invade” suburban neighborhoods.

Trump said on Twitter that Booker would run a Biden administration program to build low-income housing in suburban neighborhoods after bringing back a rule that the president rescinded, and therefore the “suburban housewife” would be voting Republican.

Booker responded on Twitter with one sentence:

“Donaled, your racism is showing.”

Booker added an extra E to the president’s first name after Trump had misspelled Booker’s first name (calling him Corey).

It was a followup to similar statements Trump made about Booker and Biden last month after the president killed an Obama administration policy requiring municipalities that receive federal funds to look at racial discrimination and work to integrate their communities.

“We ended a rule that was a very horrible rule for people in suburbia — in the suburbs,” Trump told reporters at the White House on July 31. “And that rule has been a very unfair rule for a long time and it was going to be made a lot worse by Biden and Cory Booker.

“It’s a rule that, basically, you build low-income housing and you build other forms of housing — also having to do with zoning — and destroy people that have lived in communities in suburbia. For years, they’ve lived there, and they want to destroy their lives and destroy what they have.”

Factcheck.org said the rule Trump rescinded did not require construction of low-income housing.

In a New York Times-Siena College poll released in June, 50% of suburban voters disapproved of Trump’s job performance, with 38% approving.

“Donald Trump’s presidency is melting down after his failed, divisive, erratic leadership has cost over 160,000 American lives, tens of millions of jobs, and left the United States the hardest-hit country in the world by COVID-19,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said.

“As he struggles in vain attempts to tear the American people apart and distract the country from his devastating mismanagement with clumsy, bigoted lies, he’s only further discrediting himself.”

Trump re-election campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson shot back.

“We already know Joe Biden thinks ‘you ain’t Black’ if you’re not voting for him,” Pierson said.. “Senator Booker is willfully ignoring Biden’s racist record and the divisive, radical housing policies he forced onto suburban communities.”

“President Trump’s policies have always been focused on improving the lives and economic situations of every American — including when he replaced Joe Biden’s overreaching, failed tactics with common sense policies on affordable housing aimed at cutting red tape and restoring the power to our nation’s suburban communities,” she said.

During his presidential campaign, Booker proposed using the threat of losing community development block grants and surface transportation funds to push communities into changing zoning laws to encourage construction of more affordable housing.

Booker, who is running for re-election to the Senate this fall, later used Trump’s tweet to raise money.

“If we succeed this fall, he won’t be our president next year — but I plan on returning to the Senate and fighting back against everything Trump stands for,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

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