The President appearing on Fox’s Tucker Carlson’s show used the progressive enclaves of Los Angeles and San Francisco as a prime example of how bad the homeless and mental health crisis has become in America.
During the interview, Trump told Carlson he is “looking at it very seriously” and said some people forced to live on the streets are “living in hell.”
The President continued, “It’s disgraceful. I’m going to maybe, and I’m looking at it very seriously,” Trump said. “We’re doing some other things that you probably noticed like some of the very important things that we’re doing now. But we’re looking at it very seriously because you can’t do that.”
Adding, “You can’t have what’s happening, where police officers are getting sick just by walking the beat. I mean, they’re getting actually very sick, where people are getting sick, where the people living there living in hell, too.”
Trump thoughtfully explained that although it’s not what the federal government should be doing, the fact that a number of state governments have abdicated their responsibility regarding individuals suffering from homelessness along with accompanying mental illness. The President acknowledged that the growing crisis needs to be addressed before it starts affecting healthy working people within those afflicted communities.
The President continued, “Some of them have mental problems where they don’t even know they’re living that way,” he said. “In fact, perhaps they like living that way. They can’t do that. We cannot ruin our cities. And you have people that work in those cities. They work in office buildings and to get into the building, they have to walk through a scene that nobody would have believed possible three years ago.”
Trump then zeroed in on Progressive policies within liberal cities for exacerbating the problem and said he’s been fighting them on all fronts, including within the city limits of Washington, D.C.
“And this is the liberal establishment. This is what I’m fighting,” he added. “They, I don’t know if they’re afraid of votes. I don’t know if they really believe that this should be taking place. But it’s a terrible thing that’s taking place. And we may be, you know, I had a situation when I first became President, we had certain areas of Washington, D.C. where that was starting to happen, and I ended it very quickly.”
Adding, “When we have leaders of the world coming in to see the President of the United States, and they’re riding down a highway, they can’t be looking at that. I really believe that it hurts our country. They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Francisco… so we’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate.”
Although the President acknowledged that it’s not the federal government’s role to interfere with state policies the fact that cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have announced through their health departments that they’re experiencing an outbreak of medieval diseases that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages such as trench fever and typhus, may force the President to act.
“We’re really not very equipped as a government to be doing that kind of work,” he told Carlson. “That’s not really the kind of work that the government probably should be doing. We’ve never had this in our lives before in our country. And it’s not only those few cities; it’s a couple of other ones.”
The President then turned to just-released figures to bolster his argument, if he should decide to get involved showing the homeless rate in Los Angeles County jumped 12% in just one year, despite the $619 million in government spending to help alleviate the problem.
There are currently around 60,000 homeless individuals in the country, 36,000 reside in the city of Los Angeles.
Ironically California Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the growing crisis in February, stating, “Our homeless crisis is increasingly becoming a public-health crisis.” He then cited outbreaks of hepatitis A in San Diego County, syphilis in Sonoma County, and typhus in Los Angeles County.
Perhaps someone should inform Newsom when you declare California a sanctuary state, and announce that you welcome the homeless and mentally disturbed with open arms, and then decide to turn your parks and streets into open-air tent cities where living conditions mimic 14th century London, expect dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, chicken pox, measles and the black plague.
Do you believe the President can declare a national health emergency concerning the possibility of medieval diseases spreading out California?