‘Trash, human waste and needles’: Biden shrugs off environmental crisis Seattle faces during Earth Day visit
President Joe Biden neglected to mention the rampant homelessness plaguing Seattle when speaking about Earth Day during his visit to the liberal city on Friday.
“Whenever I get a little down…I just turn on the TV or watch all the young people,” Biden said at Seward Park, according ABC News. “They’re really, really energized, whether it’s basic human rights or the environment.” Seattle’s homeless problem has worsened, spawning homeless camps littered with human waste, drugs and crime, according at the Washington Policy Center.
“Seattle has one of the worst homelessness problems of any major city in the United States,” the Washington Policy Center said. wrote. “Walk through virtually any downtown street or many of the neighborhood’s business districts, or stop in most metro area parks and you’ll find people living in unconventional situations surrounded by ‘garbage, human waste and needles.’
Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers slammed Biden’s failure to address growing homelessness and drug issues in letter obtained by The Center Square on Thursday, asking the president to see how failed policies have ruined the city.
“If you do, you’ll see how homelessness has taken over with tent cities springing up everywhere, serving as ground zero for drug addiction and violent crime; devastating community safety and the ability of small businesses to stay open,” McMorris wrote in The Center Square.
“Since you took office, violent crime has increased across the country, including 20% in Seattle and 10% in Spokane,” McMorris wrote. “Last month, two Washington state law enforcement officers were fatally shot in the line of duty.”
The rise of homeless camps across the city has caused parents and children to avoid parks where they once enjoyed various outdoor activities, Fox 13 Seattle reported. Parks are now littered with tents for the homeless, a source of violence and drug abuse.
President Joe Biden is in Seattle to address our prolific crime and homelessness crisis.
He’s here to raise money and make unsustainable statements about the environment.
But it forced Seattle leaders to clean up at least some embarrassing encampments near his hotel.
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 22, 2022
Meanwhile, the city’s sidewalks have been entirely converted into homeless camps with tents as the city searches for alternative places to house the homeless, KOMO News reported. (RELATED: Toxic fentanyl and meth smoke render liberal city’s transit system unusable, authorities say)
Seattle’s public transit system recently became unusable after multiple reports of toxic fentanyl and methamphetamine smoke, as well as unsafe environmental conditions and unstable behavior, the Seattle Times reported.
“Now it’s getting worse again,” resident Eric Baker told KOMO News in February of maneuvering around the tents.
“You walk around and shake your head,” Seattle resident Scott Bader said of the crowded streets. “It’s just an unfortunate situation that the city has to overcome.”
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