Far-left congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) reportedly pocketed as much as $65,000 in income from rental properties last year even as they aggressively supported legislation that would have canceled rent and mortgage payments nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neither Tlaib nor Pressley have yet to respond to media inquiries about what might be a rental income for me, but not for thee scenario.
Both politicians are also apparently big fans of the eviction moratorium that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under questionable constitutional authority that has prompted a legal challenge, extended until October 3.
According to newly filed, required financial disclosures for the year 2020, Tlaib raked in between $15,000 to $50,000 in perhaps non-cancellable rental income from a Detroit property. Similarly, Pressley and her husband reportedly banked between $5,000 to $15,000 in rental income from a Boston multi-family apartment and have been doing so for several years.
To lead by example, it is conceivable that both lawmakers could have voluntarily put their tenants’ rent payments on hold during COVID without the need for government intervention.
The lawmakers’ “Squad” colleague, radical U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), sponsored the above-referenced legislation, which also received backing from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
On March 16, 2020, Tlaib wrote on Twitter that “We need…[a] moratorium on water shutoffs, mortgage/rent payments and evictions.”
When Omar’s bill was reintroduced in March of this year, Tlaib joined her at a press conference to reaffirm her support.
On December 1, 2020, Pressley declared on the same social media platform that “Keeping families housed is a matter of public health. We must cancel rent, extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, provide rental assistance, and offer legal representation for those at risk of eviction. This is a public health emergency.” In the previous August, she wrote “America needs us to cancel rent.”
Although a rental moratorium may sound good in theory to some degree, despite the general perception, the typical landlord is not much different perhaps than their tenants who are struggling to make ends meet. According to CNBC, many landlords are themselves in the low- to moderate-income cohort and “rent makes up 19% of household income for those making less than $50,000 a year, and 15% for those making $50,000 to $89,000 a year.”
“So, government interventions into the rental market are not the benevolent interventions protecting the working class from exploitation by the rich that #cancelrent advocates claim. Canceling rent, eviction moratoriums, and similar policies are arbitrary and unfair measures that make some working class people winners but others losers,” the Foundation for Economic Education insisted.
Twitter users (warning for language) are weighing in on the hypocrisy of the socialist Squad members when it comes to their own private property rights. Here is just a sample:
While they collected Congressional salaries (despite accomplishing absolutely nothing) most small landlords rely on collecting rent to survive. https://t.co/Suz4yPk762
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 17, 2021
This is the same hypocrite who was dancing and hugging without a mask at a party right after slamming Rand Paul for objecting to them. Now turns out she’s a landlord who was taking rent during pandemic after condemning other landlords for same. No shame. https://t.co/N6CqzmRBQ4
— David Asman (@DavidAsmanfox) August 17, 2021
When the camera’s are on, they are all for show. When they are behind the scene, they secretly care about that capitalism green.
— Marcus Aurelius (@PROPANEzbt) August 17, 2021
So, Tlaib and Presley are fighting to keep renters from having to pay their landlords all while they were cashing their own tenants rent checks every month? They didn’t take one for the team and forgo that income? That’s some evil landlord shit right there. Or elite Politicians.
— Made in Michigan (@KathyPoteau) August 17, 2021
It’s always the loudest that have the most to hide
— Sean Griffin (@TheSeanFGriffin) August 17, 2021
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