A landlord in Grand Junction, Colorado put an ad out for prospective renters, but locals are crying foul about one of his requirements:
“For rent: Downtown apartment, 2 bedrooms. Includes organic garden space, hot tub, great backyard. You can bring your dogs if they have references as good as yours. If voting for Donald Trump, do not call,” the ad said.
The landlord, Mark Holmes, is apparently quite serious about the prerequisite. In an interview with The Daily Sentinel, Holmes said he was taking a stand. “I don’t know what to do anymore about what’s going on in this country,” he said. “It’s just a mess.”
Some accused him of illegal discrimination, but federal housing officials say he’s perfectly within his rights. The Fair Housing Act does make it illegal for landlords to engage in discriminatory policies, but “political affiliation” is not a protected category. Therefore, Holmes is legally free to refuse Trump voters his apartment. And while the ad has garnered him plenty of angry phone calls, it’s apparently not going to put him in court.
“He’s preaching hate and he’s preaching … a lot of venom, spit and vinegar. And I live in the top part of the house,” Holmes said. “I don’t want anybody that even thinks that Donald Trump can be a good president to live in my home.”
Hmm, do you think HUD would have been so quick to wave their hands at this if the ad targeted Obama voters? Or would they have found some way to bring race into the mix? The Justice Department has put the full weight of federal law enforcement into parade floats that dare to portray Obama in a less-than-flattering way. You don’t think they’d find a way to look into this?
Here’s what else is interesting. For eight months, we’ve been hearing from liberals about how divisive and dangerous Trump is. How his whole campaign is built on hate and racism. But whenever these anti-Trump loonies riot, punch people, try to physically attack the candidate himself, or do something like this, it’s just fine. These are real American patriots, exercising their rights. Trump supporters…well, we know what they think about Trump supporters. Or at least, we know what they want us to think.
Just listen to Holmes. I don’t know what to do anymore about what’s going on in this country. These liberals simply can’t believe that there are still millions and millions of Americans out there that don’t agree with them. It’s making them crazy.