President Donald Trump's critics often accuse him of using fear to mobilize his base.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden said of Trump in a speech on Monday:
"The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now, he's trying to scare America."
Such was the case in a bizarre interview between Trump and far-right Fox News host Laura Ingraham, in which Trump repeated the racist threat that under a Biden administration, "low-income communities" would move into suburbs, endangering "suburban housewives."
The President said that Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) would be in charge of the operation.
"So you have this beautiful community in the suburbs, including women, right? Women. They want security. I ended where they build low-income housing project right in the middle of your neighborhood. I ended it. If Biden gets in, he already said it's going to go at a much higher rate than ever before. And you know who's going to be in charge of it? Cory Booker. That's going to be nice. OK?
Trump was referring to the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule (AFFH), which was enacted by the Obama administration to enforce existing provisions in the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
The specter of "low-income communities" is considered by many a dog whistle to mean people of color, especially since poverty disproportionately affects racially marginalized communities.
It's unclear where Trump got the idea that Cory Booker would somehow be in charge of the rule's enforcement, but people have an idea of why Trump is repeating it so often.
In response to Trump's baseless claims, Booker's former campaign photographer—Kevin Lowery—shared photos of Booker embracing those he met along the trail of his 2020 presidential campaign.
Both Booker and his partner—acclaimed actor Rosario Dawson—praised the tribute.
They weren't the only ones.
Booker is a vegan who made headlines in 2012 when—as mayor of Newark, New Jersey—he saved a woman from a burning building next to his home. During his presidential campaign, he emphasized the need for kindness and good faith rhetoric.
People pushed back against Trump's implication that Booker is supposed to be scary because he's a Black man.
In fact, many Twitter users assured they actively wanted Cory Booker in their neighborhoods.