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Levin: HUD ‘Sleazeballs’ Just Created Another Protected Class

By Matthew Hrozencik | September 21, 2016 | 11:17am EDT
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show last Friday, host Mark Levin criticized the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s announcement that it would make non-English speakers a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, questioning the department’s efficiency and referring to them as “sleazeballs.”

“See how they do this?” said Levin. “They’re sleazeballs.”

Levin continued later, “So we have another protected class – those who speak broken English. I want to congratulate you and welcome you to the group of protected classes.”

Levin’s comments are in reference to a CNSNews.com piece, detailing HUD’s interpretation of the FHA, which they say “prohibits discrimination on seven protected bases, including national origin, which is closely linked to the ability to communicate proficiently in English.”

Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks:

“CNS News – HUD: Housing and Urban Development. Why is that department still around? It’s been such a remarkable success. Anybody know who the secretary of HUD is? Do you know who the secretary of HUD is Mr. Producer?

“Nobody has any clue. And yet this person sits there as a massive social engineer, deciding where people should live and how they should live.

“‘(CNSNews.com) - "People with limited English proficiency are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act," said the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday.

“‘But they are now, by decree.

“‘Under the heading of “national origin,” HUD is making non-English speakers a protected class.

“‘In its announcement, HUD noted that the Fair Housing Act “prohibits discrimination on seven protected bases, including national origin, which is closely linked to the ability to communicate proficiently in English.””’

“See how they do this? They’re sleazeballs.

“‘“Housing providers are therefore prohibited from using limited English proficiency selectively as an excuse for intentional housing discrimination,” [HUD said.]’

“So we have another protected class – those who speak broken English. I want to congratulate you and welcome you to the group of protected classes.

“‘“Having a limited ability to speak English should never be a reason to be denied a home,” said Gustavo Velasquez,” if that is his name, “HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.”

“So you see ladies and gentleman, now we’re looking for classes to protect, even though they don’t need protection. These departments never go away. Their rules are just endless. So now we’re looking for people to protect, regardless.

“‘“Every family that calls this nation home has the same rights when it comes to renting or buying a home, regardless of where they come from or the language they speak,”’ says Gustavo Velasquez.

“‘The new guidance for HUD warns against discriminatory practices.’”

“No, let me explain what this really is: it’s another basis for bringing a lawsuit by the slip and fall left-wing lawyers.

“‘I tried to get a rental income, but they wouldn’t let me rent. Why? Because of the way I speak! Well, let’s sue their a----. And then we’ll make them settle.’ That’s what this is all about. That’s how this works.

“‘The new guidance from HUD warns against discriminatory practices, such as applying language-related requirements to people of certain races or nationalities, posting advertisements that contain blanket statements, such as “All tenants must speak English;” or immediately turning away applicants who are not fluent in English.

“‘Targeting racial or national origin groups for scams related to housing also constitutes intentional discrimination.’

“This has nothing to do with anything. As I say, the real purpose here is for people to have a new basis for suing landlords or realtors, or what have you. That’s what’s going on here. You know, the trial lawyers, the leftists, the government, always looking for ways to attack people.

“Approximately 16,350,000 people speak Spanish. What?

“‘HUD noted that more than 25 million people in the United States – nearly 9 percent of the population – do not communicate proficiently in English.’

“Okay. 65 percent of them, 16,350,000 speak Spanish, 1.66 million (7%) speak Chinese, three percent speak Vietnamese, two percent speak Korean, and two percent speak – what the hell is Tagalog? Or togoalog? I’m sorry, I’m just not up on it.

“Now here’s the thing. I’m telling you what this is about: lawsuits, money, redistribution of wealth. So, real estate agents, landlords, they’re going to get it in the neck like they always do. So we have new protected classes now as a result, not of the federal law but of the federal decree by the Obama gang. Unbelievable.”

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