In a move likely intended to appeal to white suburban voters ahead of the November election, President Trump has repealed an Obama-era housing rule known as the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing order.
Designed to eradicate racial disparities in housing, the AFFH rule ordered that any jurisdiction that received federal dollars had to devise plans on how to reduce housing discrimination. But Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson called the 2015 order "unworkable" and a "waste of time."
Carson said he did not believe the federal government had any business "dictating what is best" for local communities, and favored Trump's approach of removing burdens from local governments to apply for HUD dollars.
It was the manner in which Trump announced the policy change that raised the most eyebrows, however. With critics calling it a racial dog whistle, the president took to Twitter to celebrate.
Trump signaled his dissatisfaction with AFFH last week, saying the rule forces the construction of low-income housing in suburbs.
"Your home will go down in value and crime rates will rapidly rise," Trump said. "People have worked all their lives to get into a community, and now they're going to watch it go to hell. Not going to happen, not while I'm here."
🔦 Some suggest that this is all the president's not-so-veiled play for suburban voters ahead of the election. Last week he tweeted a New York Post column that condemned "Joe Biden's Disastrous Plans for the Suburbs."