‘We’re not in 1776, we’re in 2024’: Dr. Phil gobsmacked by guest who tries to use ‘colonization’ to justify squatting

A lefty loon prompted shock from Dr. Phil this week when she defended squatting by citing so-called colonialism.

The real estate agent named Kristine argued that she doesn’t “think adverse possession [squatting] is immoral” but instead believes “people with no housing dying from the elements is immoral,” according to Fox News.

In other words, in her eyes, it’s more immoral for a homeless person to remain homeless than for the homeless person to commandeer another person’s hard-earned home.

Speaking on “Dr. Phil Primetime” this Wednesday, she complained that there are “multi-million dollar projects, and they’re just abandoned,” and that they should be claimed by squatters.

She also admitted to eagerly working with a client who’s “trying to occupy” a really large property, arguing that the property is so big that the real owner won’t even notice her squatting client.

“It’s something that’s so large that you wouldn’t even notice what two acres is, compared to how many acres are on there,” she said of the land. “Adverse possession is a law that’s left over from both Spanish and English colonization, it is how they took the land from the native people, and it’s a process we can use to take that land back.”

Dr. Phil McGraw was taken aback by this.

“You said that if I’ve got 100 acres or 1,000 acres, and somebody goes and gets in a corner of it and adversely possesses five acres of it, I’m not gonna miss it, I’ve got 1,000 acres anyway?” he asked in confusion.

“Well, yeah,” Kristine responded. “Can you tell me, if you’re looking at 1,000 acres, could you tell me what five acres was?”

“Hell yes!” McGraw replied as his jaw dropped.

Another guest, a landlord named Tony, agreed with McGraw.

“We’re not in 1776, we’re in 2024,” he said, arguing that the silly squatters’ laws of the past do not justify modern squatting.

“Do you think that a corporation that makes over a billion dollars a year is injured by someone taking five acres of land?” Kristine argued in rebuttal.

One guest then reportedly chimed in, saying, “Somebody is.”

Another guest, this time a woman named Patti, then pushed back on Kristine by noting that her car wasn’t being used 24/7/365.

“Playing out your scenario, then theoretically anyone on the street should be able to boost your car and drive it because that car is just sitting around unused,” she said to raucous applause.

“I don’t have a billion-dollar net worth,” she replied, indicating that she’s a far-leftist who evidently doesn’t think billionaires should benefit from the same property rights as everybody else.

Another guest then asked her if a billion dollars is where she draws the line.

“Yeah, me personally,” she responded.

According to Fox News, earlier in the show, Kristine tried to offer a distinction between so-called “legitimate” squatting (or “adverse possession,” as she calls it) and illegitimate squatting involving violence and destruction.

“Squatting is the process to adverse possession, but it is very different, and my intentions are not to help people that have destroyed property,” she said.

She continued by arguing that using adverse possession “rights” to commandeer property is how the U.S. government was designed to work.

“Would it surprise you to know that that’s exactly how the law was intended, that’s exactly how the U.S. government is designed, that’s how everyone here has their land, they took it through adverse possession. So that’s how the law is designed?” she asked.

The show eventually concluded with McGraw praising her for at least being honest but also noting that he unequivocally disagrees with her.

The episode comes amid an influx of squatting reports across the nation, including in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed back by signing a bill cracking down on “squatter rights.”

Under a new bill he signed into law last month, a property owner can have law enforcement remove a squatter if the following provisions are met: “The individual has unlawfully entered and remains on the property; The individual has been directed to leave the property by the owner but has not done so; and The individual is not a current or former tenant in a legal dispute.”

“We are putting an end to the squatters scam in Florida,” DeSantis said in a statement after signing the bill. “While other states are siding with the squatters, we are protecting property owners and punishing criminals looking to game the system.”

Vivek Saxena

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