Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (D-N.J.) blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE on Wednesday after he posted a tweet suggesting former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE would install Booker as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, misspelling the New Jersey senator’s name as “Corey.”
“Donaled, your racism is showing. -Cory,” the onetime presidential candidate tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Donaled, your racism is showing.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 12, 2020
Trump on Wednesday continued his frequent attacks on Obama-era fair housing rules, tweeting “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me.”
The president went on to claim that as president, Biden would reimplement the rule “in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!” While Biden has pledged to reinstate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, Booker has not expressed interest in the HUD post.
Most recent polling indicates that Trump trails Biden among suburban women, and the president has repeatedly claimed Biden represents a threat to the suburbs and their residents. On multiple occasions, he has also falsely claimed the former vice president seeks to “abolish the suburbs” as president.
He has also involved the “housewife” framing before, urging “Suburban Housewives of America” to read an op-ed in favor of repealing the AFFH rule. In July, he claimed that repealing the AFFH would ensure suburban families are not “bothered or financially hurt” by the presence of low-income housing in their neighborhoods.
The president’s claims also contradict HUD’s rationale for replacing the rule. While the department has said it was intended to give local governments more leeway in preventing discrimination, Trump has said the repeal keeps low-income housing from "invading" neighborhoods.