President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to claim that suburban housewives around the U.S. will vote for him in the upcoming election this November.
You can view his tweet here.
Trump asserted that this demographic would vote for him because “they want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood.”
In his post, the president also suggested that should his rival Joe Biden get into power, he would reinstall the program “in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge.”
As the Daily Mail reported, Trump has promised to keep “low income housing” away from suburban areas. The outlet noted that this vow has been interpreted as racist by some critics, who claim it is tantamount to promising to keep minorities out of suburbs.
The publication underlined that the Republican Party has focused on ramping up votes from women living in suburban areas in recent elections.
It also noted the suburbs now contain nearly half of all voters, after these areas underwent major expansion throughout the past few decades.
USA Today reported that Josh Schwerin of Priorities USA Action, slammed the tweet.
“Trump’s racism is one of the big reasons voters, including those in the suburbs he thinks he’s trying to appeal to here, are ready to get rid of him,” he said.
Bill Clinton’s former press secretary Joe Lockhart also criticized the president.
This is racism in its purist form. It's @realDonaldTrump living his salad days in Queens blocking blacks from renting in his buildings. It's what the Trump team thinks will get him re-elected. They're counting on the silent racist majority. Let's prove them wrong once and for all https://t.co/seQMH4tE79
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 12, 2020
Cory Booker — the Black New Jersey senator who Trump name-checked in the post — doubled an affordable housing program in Newark when he was the city’s mayor, and also made affordable homes a key part of his platform during his run for the Democratic nomination. However, according to The Daily Mail, it is unclear why Trump suggested that Biden would put Booker in charge of the issue.
As BBC News reported, Booker dropped out of the presidential race back in January after disappointing poll numbers meant he failed to qualify for a Democratic debate in Iowa. The former Newark mayor had polled a national average of two percent, while at the time Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were polling at an average of 29 percent and 20 percent respectively.
The news source noted that Booker was unable to achieve the level of fundraising of his competitors, pulling in just $6 million in the final quarter of 2019.
Trump’s tweet came just one day after Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election. This makes Harris the first Black woman vice-presidential candidate.