Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions'

Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlorida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops Ted Cruz jokes about quarantine boredom, 'Tiger King' Trump faces mounting pressure to unleash Defense Production Act MORE (R-Texas) targeted California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says California governor reports total of 6,932 coronavirus cases but expects numbers to rise MORE (D) over his idea that doctors should supply housing “prescriptions” like they prescribe medication.

The Texas senator accused the governor of thinking with “the Leftist mind.” 

“This is the Leftist mind: write a slip of paper & a house will magically appear,” he tweeted. “Never mind that the person doesn’t have a job, the contractor can’t get a CA permit to build the house, rent control has caused a housing shortage & homeless people are crapping on the doorstep.”

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Cruz was responding to Newsom’s posts on housing issues in which the California governor suggested, “Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics.”

The Texas Republican also criticized another tweet from Newsom that said a quarter of Californians suffer from a behavioral health condition and that the U.S. health care system was designed to treat physical health but not behavioral health. 

“Maybe stop giving them needles that they leave en masse in public parks?” Cruz tweeted. “And refusing to prosecute them when they engage in theft or vandalism? How ‘bout drug treatment programs instead?” 

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California has faced criticism in recent months, including from President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE and other Republicans, for how it has addressed its high homeless population in the midst of a housing crisis. The governor announced a $1 billion budget proposal to decrease homelessness in the state last month.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.