Biden's crime crisis has reached Washington Democrats' backyard. It's always been there, but now the violence is overflowing into areas where D.C.'s political class spend their time. On Thursday night, 2 were wounded in a shooting that erupted on a busy street in Washington D.C. during dinner time. Last Saturday, 3 more were injured in a shooting that took place outside of Nationals Park. The sad reality is that there have been more than 100 homicides in our nation's capital this year including a 6 year-old girl killed this past weekend.
Dozens march in DC after shooting of 6-year-old girl, demand officials do morehttps://t.co/mFWmjKGtgJ— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 23, 2021
Unsurprisingly, far left members of Congress had nothing to say when asked by Fox News about D.C.'s skyrocketing murder rate:
Fox News reached out to multiple members of the far-left "Squad" in the House of Representatives for comment on the deadly shootings and if they believed the defund the police push had anything to do with the grim milestone being reached so early.
Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones of New York; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Cori Bush of Missouri did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.
The real problem is the failure of state and local Democrat officials, many of whom have defunded the police in various ways:
Many small cities that typically have relatively few murders are seeing significant increases over last year. Killings in Albuquerque, N.M., Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh, for example, have about doubled so far in 2021, while Portland, Ore., has had five times as many murders compared to last year, according to data compiled by Jeff Asher, a crime data analyst and co-founder of AH Datalytics.
Most cities in the United States, including each of those named above, have a Democratic mayor. After protests last year over police violence against Black Americans — notably the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis — there has been a push from the left to "defund" police departments.
DC Police Chief on the recent increase in shootings:— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 23, 2021
“The reality is we have a shrinking workforce. I have a definitive amount of resources. 200 and some officers less this year than I had last year.” pic.twitter.com/PMgxqhXEhO
When confronted about fellow Democrats pushing to defund the police, President Biden dodged the issue.
Here's some of the Democrat-run cities Biden refuses to condemn that are defunding the police:— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) July 23, 2021
Oakland, California https://t.co/xO1fxuh7fA
Leftist prosecutors who fail to hold criminals accountable have also contributed greatly to the rise in crime. Senator Tom Cotton explained:
Violent-crime rates turned around and began declining in the first three years of the Trump administration, largely because of increased federal prosecutions of drug trafficking, gun offenses, and other violent crime. A 46 percent increase in federal funding to local and state law enforcement and a crackdown on illegal immigration also helped matters.
But even during those years of progress, the seeds of a future crime wave took root. Radical, left-wing prosecutors, many with campaigns funded by George Soros, won elections in major American cities and adopted radical criminal-leniency policies. In cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, district attorneys began refusing to prosecute laws against shoplifting, vagrancy, and entire categories of misdemeanors.
Earlier this year in Washington, a member of my staff had his car stolen right out of his driveway. When it was recovered, thanks to a GPS tracker, law enforcement in D.C. refused to dust the car for prints or conduct any investigation into the theft. It simply wasn’t worth their time.
In cities where they have taken over, these Soros-backed progressive prosecutors coddle even violent, career criminals, often agreeing to sweetheart deals. On the rare occasion when they go to trial, those criminals might as well have two advocates in the room, while the public and the victims have none.
DC Police Chief slams soft-on-crime Democrat policies:— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 23, 2021
“You cannot coddle violent criminals…They might not want a job! They might not. They may not need services. What they may require is to be off of our streets because they’re making it unsafe for us.” pic.twitter.com/Q0UHAQCmOt
Joe Biden's America has a crime problem, even the White House admits it.
Jen Psaki: On Joe Biden’s watch, violent crime is “rising in cities across the country.” pic.twitter.com/NfqDkjNgLd— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 23, 2021
The Democrats' promotion of the defund the police movement and support for leftist prosecutors has real consequences for everyday Americans. Maybe now that it's in their own backyard, Democrats will do something about it.