Want to win the suburbs back, Republicans? Perhaps the first step is to keep them from becoming like the nearby cities and their meltdowns this spring. Team Trump has taken a broad aim at Joe Biden and Democrats, mainly on issues of character and competence, but last night Donald Trump himself sent up a flare on a real and suddenly urgent policy issue that could have significant implications in November:
At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
For those who don’t recall, AFFH stands for the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation at Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program rolled out in the second term, and it aimed to “diversify” the suburbs. In reality, it aimed to increase population density by limiting single-family housing through zoning restrictions, making the suburbs nothing more than carbon copies of their nearby urban cores.