Saturday, October 22, 2022

The Left’s Funny New Lie: It’s The ‘Red States’ With More Crime!

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In the red states that Democrats like to point to, the cities where all that murder is happening are run almost exclusively by Democrats.
Because Democrats know they’re completely untrustworthy when it comes to law enforcement, having turned virtually every major city into a rape and murder zone, they’ve made the obvious choice.
No, silly, they haven’t started arresting criminals. They’ve started lying.
It’s a lie told recently by Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and then repeated twice this week in The Washington Post. The latest came in a column by Dana Milbank. (Yes, someone actually named their son Dana Milbank.)
“Violent crime is generally worse in Republican-run states,” he wrote on Tuesday under the headline, “It’s just murder living in a red state.”
The source for that claim, the same one made by Newsom, is a report published earlier this year by the leftist outfit Third Way. The report observed that “murder rates are far higher in Trump-voting red states than Biden-voting blue states. And sometimes, murder rates are highest in cities with Republican mayors.”
To start, the point in correlating crime and Democrat policies has never been that “blue states” are violent hellholes. It was always that Democrat mayors and district attorneys are demonstrably anti-law enforcement, and more interested in racial “equity” than in prosecuting offenders. Again, that’s mayors and district attorneys, elected officials who serve on the city and county levels, not state. Of course, Republicans have tied every Democrat running for every office to the issue, but the exact line of attack was always in reference to county and city officials.
With that in mind, let’s look at the data compiled by Third Way. The report listed 10 states with the highest murder rates in the U.S. using data from 2020. “In fact, the top per capita murder rate states in 2020 were mostly those far from massive urban centers and Democratic mayors and governors,” the report said. “Eight of the top ten worst murder rate states voted for [Donald] Trump in 2020. None of those eight has supported a Democrat for president since 1996.” The authors of the report observed, “These red states are not generating ‘murder is out of control’ national headlines. They seem to generate no headlines at all.”
But for this to be a devastating blow to the Democrats-suck-on-crime narrative requires ignoring that in every state, including otherwise red ones, there are densely populated areas that tend to be blue. And it just so happens, more often than not, that’s where the surge in crime has taken place.
The No. 1 state on Third Way’s list is Mississippi. Sure enough, the statewide vote in the 2020 election was for Trump. But within the state, Hinds County residents voted for Joe Biden, 3 to 1. Mississippi’s biggest city, Jackson, is in Hinds County. You know where this is going. --->READ THE REST From Eddie Scarry HERE
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