Colorado Landlord is Discriminating Against People Who Support This Candidate

As far as the media is concerned, it is fine that a landlord discriminates against potential renters in this way.

We’ve reached the point in this country that it is considered always wrong and illegal when a landlord discriminates. However, a landlord in Grand Junction, Colorado, is openly discriminating and getting away with it. In fact, he’s being treated with sympathy.

Thus, CBS Denver reports,

A landlord in Grand Junction is not breaking the law by refusing to lease an apartment to anyone who supports Donald Trump for president.

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According to The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Mark Holmes is renting out a two-bedroom apartment on Main Street, but he refuses to rent to anyone who supports Trump.

The ad prompted people who don’t agree with his tactic to leave hate messages on Holmes’ voicemail.

“I don’t know what to do anymore about what’s going on in this country,” he told The Daily Sentinel. “It’s just a mess.”

Exactly how is denying housing to a person who supports Donald Trump as President going to address the mess that the country is in? It won’t. To the extent that Trump support is driven by perceived grievances, this will only harden Trump supporters in their position.

What kind of person is going to say, “Well, I thought Trump was the best choice for President, but now, because a landlord in Grand Junction, Colorado, won’t let me rent his apartment, even though I am otherwise qualified, I think I was wrong”? The only reason to refuse to rent one’s apartment is because it gives you pleasure to think of making life harder for a Trump supporter in need of housing.

Of course, the concept of private property entails that a person who owns property can legally decide who he will rent it to. It may be immoral and irrational to discriminate in that way. But, if you own private property, it is your legal right to make immoral decisions about how you will use it.

Except in the United States there really isn’t private property. Property owners do not have the right to dispose of their property or even their own labor as they wish. Historically, this has been limited by laws against racial discrimination. But now they include anyone who dares to not wish to affirm same sex “marriage.” John Kasich is notorious for allowing the courts to infringe on the private property of Christians in this way. And with “transgender” laws, businesses are being forced to allow bathrooms to be used by the opposite sex.

It is becoming illegal to discriminate against more and more classes of people (real or imagined).

Except Trump supporters. They’re fair game.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development assured the media that there was nothing illegal about offering an apartment for rent and advertising that Trump supporters are not welcome.

This is exactly the kind of hypocrisy and hatred that fuels Trump’s popularity.


Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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