'We have to stigmatize it': Fox host launches vicious attack on unhoused Americans

'We have to stigmatize it': Fox host launches vicious attack on unhoused Americans
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Fox News host Jesse Watters on Tuesday encouraged his network's predominantly right-wing audience to "stigmatize" unhoused Americans. During his rant, Watters asserted that demonizing human beings is a necessary tactic to end what he suggested was a choice.

[Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom] "is now maybe midfield, but he has to understand homelessness isn't about lack of affordable housing. It's about drug addicts that wanna wander around and live in tents on the sidewalk. And so you can't coddle antisocial behavior. You can't subsidize antisocial behavior. You have to stigmatize it," Watters declared.

"You can't celebrate people with purple hair, with nose rings, four kids with four different men who are dressed like trash, and make them out to be some sort of cutting-edge heroes," Watters continued. "You have to call them what they are. These are people that have failed in life and they're on their deathbed, and if we're not honest about it, we're never gonna fix this problem."

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According to the nonprofit Breaktime, "Homelessness often manifests in a cycle. Without consistent access to well-paid jobs, our associates struggle to save money and build financial stability. Left unable to put money toward savings after first satiating immediate needs, like food or transportation, they in turn struggle to find stable housing. Our associates cannot access the job or financial security necessary to sustain housing, nor can they ensure the housing security necessary to access employment or financial security. This is the cycle of young adult homelessness."

Similarly, The National Alliance to End Homelessness notes that "the solution to homelessness is straightforward: housing. By connecting people experiencing homelessness to housing and services, they have a platform from which they can address other areas that may have contributed to their homelessness — such as employment, health, and substance abuse."

Watch below via Media Matters for America researcher Kat Abughazaleh or at this link.

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