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Failed leadership in the Biden administration is now flip-flopping and reversing course.
Democrats in Congress failed to extend a federal moratorium against evictions. Pelosi was heavily criticized over the issue.
Biden argued that he lacked the authority to extend the moratorium without Congress’ approval and cited recent rulings from the Supreme Court. Biden claimed an extension would be struck down.
Now it appears Biden has changed his mind. He has reinstate a ban on evicting renters who are behind on rent payments despite possible legal challenges. The order is reinstituted and there are stiff penalties for landlords who violate the order.
The new order, drafted by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “A person violating this Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $100,000 or one year in jail, or both, if the violation does not result in a death, or a fine of no more than $250,000 or one year in jail, or both if the violation results in a death or s otherwise provided by law.”
“An organization violating this Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $200,000 per event if the violation does not result in a death or $500,000 per event if the violation results in a death or as otherwise provided by law,” the order continues. “The U.S. Department of Justice may initiate criminal proceedings as appropriate seeking imposition of these criminal penalties.”
The White House previously claimed that the CDC lacked the authority to extend the emergency mandate.
“[CDC officials] have been unable to find legal authority for a new, targeted eviction moratorium,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
Despite these earlier statements, the Biden administration has contradicted itself and reversed course.
TRENDING 👇 Trump Critic Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Dark Past
Comedian Kathy Griffin gained political notoriety in 2017 after she “joked” about killing then-President Trump in a photo using a fake severed head of the former president.
The comedian, who is now 60, revealed she is battling stage one lung cancer. In an interview with ABC News, Griffin revealed much more about her past. Over the past four years, Griffin said her life spiraled after facing immense backlash for posing with a bloodied, severed fake head of then-President Trump. Griffin struggled with pill addiction and thoughts of suicide after posting the picture in 2017.
“I thought, ‘Well, I don’t even drink… Big deal, I take a couple pills now and again, who doesn’t?’” she told ABC News. “Also, my age was a big part of it. I mean, who bottoms out and tries to take their life at 59? It’s almost a joke, right, and by the way, someday, this will all be comedy. Trust me… I was laughing to stay alive. And what I found is I felt like if I can’t make others laugh, then there’s no purpose for me to live. There’s no reason for me to live.”
“I just felt there was impending doom,” she said. “I was already starting to think … it was time for me to go. And I was certainly being told by an awful lotta people it’s time for me to go.” More from Fox News:
After an apology and a subsequent rescinding of that apology, Griffin embarked on the cheekily titled “Laugh Your Head Off” tour in 2017. She noted that it was around that time that she was introduced to pills, leading to a behind-the-scenes battle that would ultimately lead to a suicide attempt…
She was first prescribed Provigil by a doctor. That was soon followed by a prescription to Ambien to help her sleep followed by painkillers to help her manage various injuries. The star says that her dependence on pills “got out of control very rapidly.”
Her addiction quickly led to thoughts of suicide. She says that her life was dedicated to getting on stage and showing people how resilient she was. However, amid the immense backlash from the Trump photo, she revealed that she started to feel her critics were right and that there was no next chapter in her career or life.