Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) fired back at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he misspelled his name in a tweet suggesting Trump will garner support from the “suburban housewife.”
“The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me. They want safety and are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!” Trump said.
Booker responded, reminding Trump of how his name should be spelled and accused the president of displaying racism.
“Donaled, your racism is showing. -Cory,” Booker said.
Donaled, your racism is showing.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 12, 2020
Trump repealed the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, implemented by the Obama administration, on July 23.
The rule was designed to combat housing discrimination.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was replacing the rule with a policy of its own called the Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice.
“After reviewing thousands of comments on the proposed changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, we found it to be unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with, too often resulting in funds being steered away from communities that need them most,” Ben Carson, HUD secretary, said.
The new rule allows local officials to have more control over the qualifications for fair housing and the promotion of the accessibility of fair housing.
Biden has promised to restore the rule.
“Biden will implement the Obama-Biden Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule requiring communities receiving certain federal funding to proactively examine housing patterns and identify and address policies that have a discriminatory effect,” Biden’s campaign said on its website.
Trump’s comments come one day after Biden announced he had selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate, calling her a “fearless fighter for the little guy” and “one of the country’s finest public servants,” as IJR previously reported.