(ReliableNews.org) – The COVID-19 pandemic impacted millions of Americans. Businesses closed, people lost their jobs, and others were no longer able to keep up with their bills. To help them get over the hump, former President Donald Trump and Congress enacted an eviction moratorium.
The eviction ban was supposed to expire recently, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stepped in to extend it. While renters are getting help property owners are not. They are suffering, and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had a lot to say about the moratorium.
No Help for Landlords
On Wednesday, August 4, Carlson lashed out at CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky for signing the targeted order. The ban will prevent landlords in high transmission areas from evicting people. The problem with that is that more than 80% of the country is considered high transmission areas. The new federal order is set to expire on October 3.
The Fox host told his viewers that “private property no longer exists in” the US. He argued the moratorium isn’t legal, something a majority of the Supreme Court recently opined as well. Carlson said even though Americans vote for representatives, Walensky seems to be making the laws now. By extending the eviction moratorium, she “nationalize[d] America’s rental properties, millions and millions of them from Maine to California.”
Where’s the help for landlords, though? Carlson pointed out there isn’t a ban on mortgage payments. Nope — property owners still have to pay. The Fox host believes that’s because “banks are huge Democratic donors, and they’re getting the treatment they paid for.”
Worse, Carlson said by enacting a moratorium, he alleged members of the Biden administration are “criminals” because that’s the word used to describe “people who knowingly break the law.”
Real estate groups have already filed lawsuits in federal courts trying to get a judge to throw the moratorium out. The Alabama Association of Realtors and its Georgia counterpart stated they think the moratorium is “unlawful.” The suit argues the CDC only put the ban in place because of political pressure.
Worse still, the lawsuit argues the Supreme Court has already indicated it believes the moratorium exceeds the CDC’s power.
Republicans also believe the Biden administration is acting outside of its power. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said he thinks the order “lacks both a legal basis and an economic justification.”
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