>>Donald Trump decided to attack representative
Elijah Cummings and he blamed the representative for poverty in Baltimore, which was fascinating
and also incredibly hypocritical. Considering the fact that Jared Kushner, his
own son in law owns quite a bit of property in Baltimore. Now since he became a senior White House advisor,
he had to supposedly take himself out of that family business. But the Kushner company, again owns a lot
of property that has run into code violations and issues in Baltimore. According to the Washington Post, in 2017,
Baltimore County officials revealed that apartments owned by the Kushner firm were responsible
for more than 200 code violations, all occurred in the span of that calendar year. Repairs were made only after the county threatened
fines, local officials said, and even after warnings, violations on nine properties were
not addressed, resulting in monetary sanctions. There’s more, tenants of the Kushner properties
reported mouse infestations, mold problems, and maggots. A private investigator who looked into Kushner’s
property management company, Westminster Management, described the managers as slumlords.>>Now, that is particularly ironic, given
that Donald Trump tweeted about how Baltimore was rodent infested and filthy. Well, partly due to your family, literally! And the investigations into his properties
seem to indicate that they are among the worst in the state of Maryland and that’s why they’re
being called slumlords. So they get sanctioned 17 different times
and in nine of the cases, they wouldn’t fix it no matter what and they got fine and even
after that, still delays in fixing it. And that’s why they call some of the folks
who run this lone camp properties and put no time and effort into its slumlords. It’s not because they’re lazy, it’s because
they don’t care about the miserable conditions. And they’d rather take the fine than spend
the money to make the conditions bearable. They think, these are just poor people, we
take their money, and we give them nothing in return. They have no power, there is nothing they
can do about it. In fact, there’s an even worse twist to this
story in a second.>>So actually, let’s get right to that because
the Kushner company essentially acts as slumlords. They do not take care of these code violations. People are living in squalor because of the
mismanagement of the properties and, by the way, they own as many as 9,000 rental units
in Baltimore. Well, the Washington Post is reporting that
the Kushner firm and its affiliated entities have been sued multiple times by Baltimore
area residents who allege that the company has charged them excessive fees and used the
threat of eviction to pressure them into paying. So to give you an example of how aggressive
Kushner Company has been, from 2013 to 2017, corporate entities associated with Kushner
apartments requested the civil arrest of 105 former tenants.>>So get a load of this. So they’ve got 17 complexes. Nine of them, even if they’re fined, they
don’t do anything about and they let people live with maggots in the building and rodents
everywhere in the building and they don’t care. They don’t get arrested over that, even though
they won’t do what the government told them to do. Bare minimum sanitary conditions, right? Then they turn around and if for some reason
they think you didn’t pay the excessive fines that they imposed on you in the building,
they say I want the government to arrest that person. Now, I said, wait a minute, you can’t get
arrested for having private debts. If you owe the government money, you can be
arrested, but you can’t be arrested if you owe a private citizen or a company money. So how are they doing this? Ironically, it’s a swamp. So what they do is, they go to the government,
they say, this guy hasn’t paid me and have him show up in court. And folks oftentimes they don’t even live
there anymore, that’s why they’re former tenants, they get the notice about the court appearance
in the wrong place, etc. They don’t show up. If they don’t show up twice, they go, a-ha,
that’s the loophole I needed. See, that was an offence against the government
for not showing up in court, so I’m gonna do what’s called a body attachment, which
sounds terrible, and I’m gonna have you arrested for the money you owe me privately. I’m going to use the power of the government
not to fix your apartment, not to fix your housing but to arrest you afterwards.>>Right.>>So you’re taking both your life into your
own hands given how unsanitary Kushner’s buildings are if you ever live in them, but afterwards
you’re also taking your liberty into play here. Cuz if you have a dispute over what you owe
him, he’ll have you arrested by his thugs. And then using the government for their own
private gains. They have no problem with that. Complying with government regulations for
a sanity. No way, no way they’re going to do that. And then they’ll turn around and have Trump
talk about how Baltimore is rodent infested and dirty. Yes, thanks to your dirty, miserable family.>>And I just want to give you the statement
from Kushner Co because, let’s be fair. The Washington Post did reach out to them
and they did give a statement and it says the following. Kushner Companies is proud to own thousands
of apartments in the Baltimore area.>>Wow.>>That was their statement. They don’t care about people living in squalor. The Trump administration does not care about
poverty. They don’t care about any of it. What Trump has done successfully in 2016,
and what he will continue to do, hopefully people are smart enough to catch on at this
point, is pretend like he cares. He exploits all of the different systems in
place that keep people in poverty. He loves it and he’ll continue exploiting