Trump and Biden Spar Over Which One Is the True Threat to America’s Suburbs
America’s tranquil suburbs were regrettably dragged into tonight’s presidential debate. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred fiercely, and occasionally coherently, over which one of their candidacies posed the greatest risk to these tidy communities.
“If [Biden] ever got to run this country and they ran it the way he would want to run it, our suburbs would be gone,” said Trump, winding up a rant about recent violence in Democrat-controlled cities like Chicago and Portland.
Trump was basically repeating an accusation he’s levied before: that Biden wants to “abolish the suburbs” through a soft-on-crime approach and intrusive federal housing policies.
In particular, Trump has singled out a campaign proposal of Biden’s to require jurisdictions receiving federal housing and transportation grants to implement policies intended to make housing more affordable and inclusive. Under Biden’s proposal, that could include everything from allowing the construction of apartment buildings in low-density neighborhoods to banning landlords from asking about potential tenants’ criminal histor
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