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Occupy Democrats, a radically far-left media outlet, is facing bipartisan backlash for being a hypocritical, unprincipled organization that opposes evictions when tenants don’t pay rent but supports evictions when tenants don’t get vaccinated.
When the initial federal eviction moratorium expired earlier this summer, Occupy Democrats was quick to throw support behind radical Democrats like Rep. Cori Bush who were advocating for the moratorium to be extended.
This despite the moratorium having protected non-paying renters from eviction on the dubious basis that the COVID pandemic was preventing them from working.
BREAKING NEWS: Congresswoman Cori Bush is currently camping out in a sleeping bag in front of the US Capitol in order to protest the end of the federal eviction moratorium that helped Americans hang on to their homes during the COVID crisis. RT if you support her! pic.twitter.com/MyIkkvFYMd
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) July 31, 2021
Yet on Wednesday, the far-left organization giggled in glee in support for a “large Florida landlord” who’s threatened to evict unvaccinated tenants.
“RT IF YOU SUPPORT THE LANDLORD’S MOVE!” the organization tweeted.
BREAKING: A large Florida landlord announces that he will begin requiring all new and existing tenants to provide proof of COVID vaccination, saying, “You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move, and if you don’t, we will evict you.” RT IF YOU SUPPORT THE LANDLORD’S MOVE!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) September 15, 2021
If you’re a Democrat who supports vaccination mandates that keep Americans from dying needlessly — and are looking for the latest breaking news, please RT and follow this account to be immediately notified when we tweet.
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) September 15, 2021
The claim is legitimate.
“A South Florida landlord is requiring new tenants over the age of 18 or any adult tenants who want to renew a lease in one of the 1,200 units he manages to provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination,” CNN reported Wednesday.
Occupy Democrats’ tweet in support of this provoked massive backlash, though not enough for it to be ratioed. As of Thursday morning, it boasted over 15,000 likes, 10,000 retweets and 7,000 comments. However,the comments were all negative.
The negative comments came from two separate camps: Mainly left-wing eviction moratorium supporters outraged that Occupy Democrats would adopt such a non-“progressive” position, and mainly right-wing and libertarian eviction moratorium opponents outraged (or amused) at the group’s blatant hypocrisy.
Here’s some of the left-wing heat (*Language warning):
You should be ashamed of yourselves
An American socialist
— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@SkylarJordan) September 16, 2021
No offense but I’m allowed to die in my apartment and if my landlord doesn’t like it he can hire someone to deal with it or get a better job.
— the sixler (@Thesixler) September 15, 2021
overwhelming stats show POC and poor working class people are the biggest % of those who are unvaccinated. literally supporting evictions and homelessness to own (who i’m guessing you believe are) the cons. occupy my asshole.
— shoe (@shoe0nhead) September 15, 2021
Me after reading this as a vaccinated leftist: pic.twitter.com/kUEBPwjiDP
— Lukina Skywalker 🦺 (@champagnesocia8) September 15, 2021
Oh so now we on the side of landlords forcing evictions?! pic.twitter.com/jLNfNHgVYj
— Sir Waxenberg (@SirWaxnberg) September 15, 2021
You know, I’m 100% for vaccine mandates to participate in basically anything in society, but if some damned fool wants to stay at home and not get vaxxed, I don’t think empowering their landlord to kick them out onto the street is remotely productive, and you look awful here.
— Scott #BLM #ACAB #AbolishThePolice MENOR (@smenor) September 16, 2021
I would imagine most people who rent can’t afford a lawyer, hell I have a mortgage and I can’t afford a lawyer. Instead of using compassion to sway people’s minds he is using force. He would be better giving a month off rent with proof of vaccination but then again it’s about $
— Eric Garcia for Congress (@EricG1247) September 16, 2021
True leftists are supposed to believe that “housing is a human right,” and Occupy Democrats did technically believe that — til those being housed were of the long stripe, that is.
Here’s some of the right-wing/libertarian heat:
Occupy now standing shoulder to shoulder with landlords evicting their tenants – surprised to see this isn’t a parody account, honestly.
— Jack Montgomery (@JackBMontgomery) September 16, 2021
But it’s ok to evict people if they don’t get vaxxed? What a bunch of douche hypocrites. This falls under the Nuremberg code for under duress and informed consent. Damn dems are turning into nazis.
— TheAlbinoRacoon (@John78460926) September 16, 2021
Occupy Democrats and the ACLU have both taken 180 degree turns, with occupy celebrating tenant evictions and the ACLU pressing for the banning of books.
— Surya (@Hoju89) September 15, 2021
Democrats: healthcare and housing are human RIGHTS
Also democrats: YOU DESERVE NEITHER IF YOU DON’T GET THE SHOT 😁😁
— Libertarian Party of Tennessee (@LPTN1776) September 16, 2021
— Libertarian Party NH (@LPNH) September 16, 2021
Oh you meant “evict ’em more”, not moratorium
Our bad, folks.
— Libertarian Party of California (@LPofCal) September 15, 2021
The left is all “housing for all, healthcare for all” unless of course you’re their political opponent https://t.co/gQNNaqumat
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) September 15, 2021
— Libertarian Party of Colorado (@LPCO) September 15, 2021
Occupy Democrats’ view isn’t surprising. As one Twitter user noted, these days many, many, many left-wing organizations have adopted positions that completely belie the principles they’d once claimed to represent.
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