California leads the nation in the size of its homeless population. President Trump recently issued an urgent warning threatening to take action unless something is done.
“Governor Gavin N has done a really bad job of taking care of the homeless population in California. If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved!” the president tweeted on Christmas Day.
A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development released last year showed that in addition having the largest homeless population, California also had the largest percentage who were considered “unsheltered” at 68.9 percent.
Newsom points finger at Donald Trump
Trump sent the tweet out in response to criticism from California’s Governor Gavin Newsom. Housing and supportive services solve homelessness. Housing first.” Newsom said in an interview, before complaining that federal authorities weren’t doing enough to help.
“You have a new director on the interagency council on homelessness in the United States appointed by Donald Trump that says housing fourth.”
“They’re not serious about this issue,” Newsom complained. “They’re playing politics with it […] Expect nothing but division coming from the folks at HUD and the Trump administration.”
Although Governor Newsom wants to blame Trump for his homeless problem, Newsom was the mayor of San Fransisco — often considered the epicenter of homelessness in the state — from 2004 until 2011, and he also served as the Lieutenant Governor of the state from 2011-2019.
In his seven years running the city (and another eight in the Capital), many of which were during the Obama years, Newsom still did not manage to make a dent in the homeless crisis. In fact, it only has gotten worse.
Newsom has a history of deflecting the blame for his state’s homeless problems. In August of 2019, Newsom attempted to blame the exploding homeless population in his home city of San Fransisco on an influx of homeless individuals from Texas and other states, a claim that was quickly debunked.
Tomi Lahren fires back
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren was the first to respond to Newsom’s comments, with Trump retweeting her.
“Take accountability, Gavin,” Lahren declared. “This is your state and you and your democratic cohorts created this mess. You can’t blame Donald Trump forever. Step away from the hair gel and get to work!!!”
Newsom and Trump are both no strangers to conflict. This week, Newsom put out a video condemning the president for “his horrifying course of attacking our institutions” while accusing congressional Republicans of being “feckless.”