Tens of millions of Americans have been estimated to be in danger of eviction amidst the economic upheaval associated with the Coronavirus pandemic. The Aspen Institute’s Zach Neumann — founder of the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project — recently estimated that at least 30 million Americans face the possibility of eviction by the end of September, according to NPR. The Trump administration has done little to nothing to help these struggling Americans — Peggy Bailey, who works at the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities, called a recent Trump executive order on evictions “toothless.” In a new video, the anti-Trump Republicans behind The Lincoln Project hammered the president over the looming tide of so-called “Trump evictions.”
25 million Americans are at risk of being evicted from their homes, due to Trump and the GOP refusing to extend $600 a week to unemployed Americans.#TrumpEvictions are about to begin.
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) August 11, 2020
In their new video, the narrator says:
‘Very soon now, it’s moving day for 25 million Americans. They’ll be moving from their homes and apartments, from the placed they’ve raised families and made memories, not by choice, but because the Trump evictions are starting soon. The Trump foreclosures. He wrecked the economy, and now heartlessly rejects even $600 a week to unemployed Americans. The man in his house doesn’t give a damn if you lose yours. On November 3rd, remember — it’s America or Trump.’
Check out the video below:
Very soon, it's going to be moving day for 25 million Americans.
— The Lincoln Project 🏴☠️ (@ProjectLincoln) August 11, 2020
Trump recently signed an executive order covering evictions policy, but it did not do much at all. As NBC summarizes, the order “doesn’t give tenants worried about losing their homes amid one of the worst public health crises in history any additional security, experts say.” In reality, the outlet adds, the order “merely directs federal agencies to “consider” measures to prevent evictions,” as housing advocate Peggy Bailey explained — and that’s it.
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) August 11, 2020
He issued the order alongside a few others this past weekend, following the stalling out of Coronavirus relief negotiations on Capitol Hill. Democrats have, among other things, been advocating for an unemployment benefits add-on of $600 a week along with financial support for state and local governments. Among his recent orders, Trump signed an outline for a plan to enact a $400 a week addition to unemployment benefits — but it’s unclear when the benefits might even be ready to go out, although Americans need financial support now, not at some indeterminate time in the future.
Trumps eviction order does…pretty much nothing https://t.co/AdUlyUjdzF
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) August 11, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to The Lincoln Project below: