Even Politifact Calls it “Ridiculous”
California’s Gavin Newsom is up to his old tricks again. Instead of tackling the state’s burgeoning homeless problem, he’s just making excuses. The Governor made a careless remark that San Francisco’s homeless issues wasn’t the fault of California or the city, but instead Texas. Texas, of course, is growing by leaps and bounds due to its pro-citizen policies. The Golden State, also of course, is suffering due to its flirtations with socialism. The Governor should learn this lesson instead of casting stones on the Lone Star State’s successes.
The claim was so bad that even the left-leaning “fact checking” site Politifact called it “ridiculous.” It earned that site’s worst rating– pants on fire, a major political lie. When asked by an HBO program, the Governor and former San Francisco Mayor said that the majority of the city’s homeless were from other states. He did so in response to the program’s question of why the homeless population did not reduce during his tenure as Mayor.
He went on with his bizarre claim:
“The vast majority (of San Francisco’s homeless people) also come in from — and we know this — from Texas. Just (an) interesting fact,”
Homeless Population Increasing Sharply
Even worse for the Governor, the homeless population of San Francisco increases rapidly. The population increased by 17% over the last two years. Furthermore, his claim was incredibly spurious. According to San Francisco’s own homeless count, the vast majority were from San Francisco. A smaller amount said they were from other parts of California. In the 2019 survey, just 8% said that they came from out of state. When he was Mayor, the 2007 count said that just 16% were from out of the state. When the city offered free bus tickets for the homeless to leave, Texas was the most popular out of state destination. This contradicts the Governor’s statements– and actually shows the exact opposite of the Governor’s statement.
Politifact was clear:
Newsom’s office pointed to data from San Francisco’s bus ticket program for homeless people. But that defense doesn’t hold up. It shows just a small fraction, less than 7 percent, left for Texas, and doesn’t demonstrate that they originally came to San Francisco from that state.
In the end, we found Newsom made a ridiculous claim.