Secretary Ben Carson’s Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on Friday tried to contain the damage caused by President Trump’s shutdown of the federal government. HUD sent letters to 1500 landlords that were part of a federal program, instructing them to use reserve funds from a federal program to avoid evicting tenants.
HUD officials, according to The Washington Post, were unaware the program they directed landlords to use had already expired.
Calling it “a last-minute effort to prevent the eviction of thousands of tenants,” the Post notes a “lot of those tenants live in units covered by a HUD program that many agency officials didn’t realize had expired on Jan. 1,” and adds that “they are now unable to renew.”
This ignorance of its own programs is just another example of the Trump administration’s apparent lack of understanding of what the government does and how it works.
On Friday the Post reported that White House officials had not previously understood “the breadth of the potential impact,” of the government shutdown.
“The officials said they were focused now on understanding the scope of the consequences and determining whether there is anything they can do to intervene.”
One conservative commentator put it more succinctly. “Team Trump was so ready to shut down” the government, David Frum tweeted, because “they had no idea” what the government does.
WATCH: Supercut of proof of Donald Trump’s long-held racism
Supporters of President Donald J. Trump regularly defend the divisive president claiming he isn’t a racist — but he has a long history showing the contrary. On MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber Wednesday, the host shared a supercut of instances where President Donald J. Trump's racism was on full display.
"This year's a fundamental reckoning," Melber began. He later added, "So every voter must answer, 'Are you for or against this?" Melber asked before playing a clip that showed a pre-presidential Trump who sought to disprove then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama's American heritage.
Trump campaign official falsely claims Supreme Court blocked Pennsylvania mail-in ballots
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump's deputy campaign manager Justin Clark tweeted out their victory in getting the Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania from counting mail-in ballots received after Election Day.
🚨🚨🚨Major decision protecting voting rights in PENNSYLVANIA. Ballots received after Election Day will NOT be counted. More to come but BIG WIN for the rule of law.
— Justin Clark (@chefjclark) October 28, 2020
Trump says he was worried that Jared Kushner or Mike Lee was ‘Anonymous’
President Donald Trump attacked the "Anonymous" White House official that attacked him in a New York Times op-ed and in an extensive tell-all book.
Former Homeland Security official Miles Taylor came out on Wednesday, saying officially that he was "Anonymous."
At the Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Trump told a rally crowd that Taylor was a "sleaze bag" and "This guy, in my opinion, should be prosecuted." Trump didn't seem to know what crime it was Taylor committed, but he still wanted to see the former official prosecuted for something.
Trump confessed that he was worried it was someone like "Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, Mike Lee, or Rand Paul" who were secretly attacking him from the inside.