President Trump says suburban residents 'will no longer be bothered' by housing rule
A measure meant to combat discrimination and segregation faces an uncertain future after President Donald Trump said it hurt the suburban dream.
President Trump spoke Wednesday about his decision to put an end to the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required local governments to ensure fair housing in order to receive federal housing funding.
Trump took to Twitter to say, "I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood. We rescinded the rule three days ago, so enjoy your life, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy your life."
Rebecca Sanin, president and CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, says the tweet was "absolutely deplorable."
"It adds another challenge to our effort to bring an inclusive community, an inclusive region in which every family has opportunity," says Sanin.
The tweet had over 134,000 likes by Wednesday evening, but it also saw strong push back, including one reply saying, "This "Suburban Lifestyle Dream" tweet will go down in history as one of your most blatantly racist dogwhistles in a huge pantheon full of racist dogwhistles."
Trump has repeatedly characterized the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation as an existential threat to the suburban way of life that will bring about more crime and lower home prices.
In a statement, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the regulation known as AFFH, was "unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.