The Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” on Sunday Sept. 22, criticized President Trump about his suggestion to solve homelessness in California.
Sharpton questioned Trump’s Christianity for saying homelessness was bad for business, saying he “subverted the humanitarian, called Jesus’s message to nurse a political grudge against California.”
He then said he does not “understand” how “avowed Christians” and “evangelicals” support the president.
“Absent a certain baseline racism, I still can’t understand why avowed Christians, let alone evangelicals, are still enthralled to you, Mr. President—especially as your administration is now toying with using law enforcement to round up homeless people,” Sharpton stated.
Earlier, on Sept. 17, President Trump said he could not let major California cities “destroy themselves” by failing to address homeless issues, as state and local officials seem reluctant to ask for help from the federal government to fight the ongoing housing crisis in the state, according to Fox News.
“We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco, and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” the president said.
“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” Trump continued. “In many cases, they came from other countries and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents. Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave. And the people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up.”
President Trump then said the Environmental Protection Agency will be “putting out a notice” of violations in San Francisco related to its homeless population.
He said, “It’s a terrible situation that’s in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. And we’re going to be giving San Francisco—they’re in total violation—we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon.”
Meanwhile, President Trump has been supported by evangelical voters so far.
About 80 percent of white evangelicals cast their ballots for Trump in 2016 and 61 percent of the broader evangelical voting bloc believes the United States is heading in the right direction under his administration, according to a 2018 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.