Quantcast

"Homelessness is not an American problem. It’s an un-American problem.”

No hobo

Gold amid the dross: Trump brandishes a copy of Playboy magazine featuring himself on the cover found amid the trash at this homeless encampment outside of Santee. “The finding of vintage pornography in the woods is a hallowed coming-of-age tradition in America,” he declared. “The setting teaches young men that sexuality is natural, but at the same time, untamed and uncivilized. But what kind of message are we sending to America’s youth if they find said pornography — particularly such a classy, quality, top-shelf example as this one, featuring myself on the cover and legendary Playmate Pamela Anderson on the inside — in a filthy, degraded atmosphere such as this? They’re going to wind up associating their natural urges with shameful, stinking poverty and failure, with dissipation and wretchedness. And that’s not the way to make America great again.” When aides reminded Trump that Ms. Anderson actually appeared in the previous month’s Playboy, and further, that the Republican platform had officially adopted an anti-pornography stance, saying that pornography “with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions,” he shook his head and replied, “I didn’t get nominated by playing nice with the Republican establishment, and I’m not going to start pussyfooting around now that the chips are down. But if that’s true about Pam, it’s a shame. Old Hugh [Hefner] came this close to putting the two greatest blondes of a generation together in one issue.”
  • Gold amid the dross: Trump brandishes a copy of Playboy magazine featuring himself on the cover found amid the trash at this homeless encampment outside of Santee. “The finding of vintage pornography in the woods is a hallowed coming-of-age tradition in America,” he declared. “The setting teaches young men that sexuality is natural, but at the same time, untamed and uncivilized. But what kind of message are we sending to America’s youth if they find said pornography — particularly such a classy, quality, top-shelf example as this one, featuring myself on the cover and legendary Playmate Pamela Anderson on the inside — in a filthy, degraded atmosphere such as this? They’re going to wind up associating their natural urges with shameful, stinking poverty and failure, with dissipation and wretchedness. And that’s not the way to make America great again.” When aides reminded Trump that Ms. Anderson actually appeared in the previous month’s Playboy, and further, that the Republican platform had officially adopted an anti-pornography stance, saying that pornography “with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions,” he shook his head and replied, “I didn’t get nominated by playing nice with the Republican establishment, and I’m not going to start pussyfooting around now that the chips are down. But if that’s true about Pam, it’s a shame. Old Hugh [Hefner] came this close to putting the two greatest blondes of a generation together in one issue.”

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump was in town — well, Rancho Santa Fe — for a fundraiser on July 12, which happened to be the same day that the San Diego Police Department released Anthony Alexander Padgett, whom they had arrested four days earlier on suspicion of killing two San Diego homeless men and severely injuring two others. Never one to shy away from making predictions and/or making a political point out of headline-grabbing news, El Trumpo took to his Twitter:

That might have been the end of it, had not the SDPD arrested Jon David Guerrero — a man who was himself homeless — for the same crimes just three days later. Though no longer in San Diego, Trump was quick to respond to the news, tweeting, “Called it! Homeless-on-homeless violence in the #sandiegohomelesskillings. Time to get real, America.”

Politely asked to clarify his comments by a Homeless Lives Matter activist at a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Trump answered, “Private property is a cornerstone of the American economy and the American way of life. The homeless reject that on principle. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that America’s most famous hobo, Woody Guthrie, was, in the words of his friend Pete Seeger, 'a communist.’ Only a man without roots and without faith in the American experiment could write a piece of communist filth like ‘This land is your land/this land is my land.’ And it’s not like these people can’t help it: no matter what the media tells you, homelessness is a choice. Of course we should strive to protect them, the poor wretches. But there’s no getting around the fact that The Bum Life is a dangerous lifestyle, and one that attracts an unbalanced, sometimes violent element.”

Homeless Lives Matter condemned Trump’s statement, saying that it “ignores the systemic bias and abuse suffered by homeless Americans, and perpetrates hateful stereotypes that only further hinders the homeless community as a whole.” But the candidate was unshaken by the action. “Hillary can have the homeless vote,” he said. “I’ll take the votes of the people who have to deal with them.”

Shortly afterwards, FabulousHillcrest — the Twitter feed for the Hillcrest Business Association, which recently began systematically clearing the homeless from the neighborhood’s streets — tweeted a reply:

Share / Tools

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • AddThis
  • Email

More from SDReader

Comments

Wow. This is really disturbing. I knew homelessness was a problem. But in San Diego?

Log in to comment

Skip Ad
Close

Let’s Be Friends

Subscribe for local event alerts, concerts tickets, promotions and more from the San Diego Reader