Commentary: The eviction moratorium ended over a month ago, and all is well

The moratorium wasn’t necessary, and ending it was not wrong. Millions of people haven’t been evicted.

Reps. Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley slept outside the U.S. Capitol in August to protest the end of the eviction moratorium. (Cori Bush/Twitter)

When the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on evictions, it was Armageddon for the left.

A flurry of hyperbole, absurd metaphors, and performative endeavors were utilized to predict a national crisis on the horizon.

“The House is at recess. People are on vacations. How are we on vacation when we have millions of people who could start to be evicted tonight?” radical Missouri Rep. Cori Bush ranted dishonestly with other progressives by her side this summer from the U.S. Capitol steps. “There are people already receiving and have received pay or vacate notices that will have them out tomorrow.”

However, like most Democrat fearmongering, it’s not come to fruition. We’ve gone a full month without any disaster. Where is the sudden spike of evictions or the mass homelessness leading to more COVID superspreaders?

“Housing and eviction experts offered a mix of guesses about why an expected onslaught of evictions has not yet materialized, including that the wave could still be coming,” the Washington Post reported Tuesday. “In some regions of the country, the federal eviction moratorium did little to slow filings amid the pandemic and, in other areas, protections are in place. Some tenants may have also moved on their own to avoid an eviction.”

So despite the frenzy, we already had the necessary institutions in place to prevent a crisis, without skirting the Constitution as President Joe Biden did with maneuvers to appease the hard left.

But Democrats will not relent.

Delusional Squad members — including hypocrites like Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Gaza), happily collecting money while demonizing landlords — continue to claim the worst is on the horizon.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts warned of a “national tent city,” while 75-year-old Democrat Sen. Ed Markey, also of the Commonwealth, rushed to join the Squad, play racial games, and argue last week of a “historic and devastating wave of evictions in every corner of the country.”

There are already numerous ways that people can get assistance when they face tough times. Congress authorized nearly $50 billion in rental assistance for the pandemic. And the United States overall has provided more relief — over $60,000 to some families — than almost any country.

The moratorium wasn’t necessary, and ending it was not wrong. Millions of people haven’t been evicted. There simply is no eviction emergency.


A.J. Kaufman

A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.