Two things are certain: Democrats only seem happy when they’re exposing what a horrible place America really is, and Sen. Kamala Harris is testing the waters for a 2020 presidential run.

The third truth: always be skeptical of the fact-checkers at PolitiFact.

On Monday, Harris posted a video in which she tells of America’s rent crisis, and how just about everywhere in the country, a person working a full-time job at the minimum wage can’t afford a 1-bedroom apartment.

PolitiFact decided to check into Harris’s claim and found it “mostly true.” But Commentary’s Noah Rothman noticed one thing …

That image might be difficult to read, so here’s the highlighted bit from PolitiFact’s write-up:

She was referring to a recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which shows that “in only 22 counties out of more than 3,000 counties nationwide can a full-time minimum wage worker afford a one-bedroom rental home at fair market rent.”

Harris didn’t refer to the concept of “fair market rent,” which is defined as the “40th percentile of gross rents for standard rental units.” The underlying study she referenced doesn’t say that a minimum wage worker can’t afford any housing in almost all of the United States, but that a minimum wage worker can’t afford the average-priced housing unit.

With that said, Harris’s claim is still a largely accurate characterization of the magnitude of the rent affordability problems that many people face.

Yes, a lot of people have trouble paying the rent, so PolitiFact is giving her the benefit of the doubt, even though “the underlying study she referenced” says only that “a minimum wage worker can’t afford the average-priced housing unit.”

Maybe if you’re an adult making minimum wage, you’ll have to settle for a less-than-average-priced housing unit? Or get a roommate?


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