After ignoring crime as an issue negatively impacting voters ahead of the midterm elections next week, prominent Democrats have repeatedly made the claim that red states have higher crime rates than blue states.
Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was on the campaign trail for New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul this week, recently made the argument during an interview with CNN.
Hillary Clinton: “The states with the highest crime levels are states run by Republicans. That’s just a fact!”— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 4, 2022
While being pushed the issue of crime, Hochul called people concerned about the issue "data deniers."
New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul: Republicans “are master manipulators. They have this conspiracy going all across America trying to convince people that in Democratic states, they’re not as safe … They are data deniers”— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 31, 2022
But the data in is and it debunks the desperate narrative as Democrats scramble on how to address the issue.
New analysis from the Heritage Foundation shows the vast majority of cities where crime is raging, and driving up rates in red and blue states, are overwhelmingly run by Democrats.
"While a state’s murder rate is perhaps politically interesting, a more accurate reflection of what is actually happening on the ground is gained by reviewing localized murder rates, such as murder rates in a city or county. What does this review show?" the analysis found. "Not surprisingly, of those 30 cities, 27 have Democratic mayors, the exceptions being Lexington and Jacksonville, which have Republican mayors, and Las Vegas, whose mayor is an Independent. And within those 30 cities there are at least 14 Soros-backed or Soros-inspired rogue prosecutors."
"Those on the Left know that their soft-on-crime policies have wreaked havoc in the cities where they have implemented those policies. It is not hard to understand why 'reforms' such as ending cash bail, defunding the police, refusing to prosecute entire categories of crimes, letting thousands of convicted felons out of prison early, significantly cutting the prison population, and other “progressive” ideas have led to massive spikes in crime—particularly violent crime, including murder—in the communities where those on the Left have implemented them," the report continues.
For clarity, the RNC added party graphics to the list:
NEW: 27 of the top 30 cities with the highest murder rates are led by Democrat mayors, according to a @Heritage analysis. pic.twitter.com/8lmNiZ0kYb— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 4, 2022
Even the folks over at MSNBC know crime is an issue.
Even MSNBC is calling out Democrat Kathy Hochul.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 5, 2022
"Here's the problem: We don't feel safe...I walk into my pharmacy, and everything is on lockdown because of shoplifters. I'm not going in the subway. People don't feel safe in this town." pic.twitter.com/JUKhxXCk4c
Polling shows crime is a top consideration as voters cast their ballots.
CRIME: for the first time in 20 yrs, voters tell Gallup that crime is an “extremely important” issue, 40% in fact! And as @stangreenberg’s polling showed, 56% of voters said crime and homelessness out of control is biggest fear if Dems won. https://t.co/SGJEEHp1GT pic.twitter.com/egLJN3Syju— Kenneth Baer (@KennethBaer) November 3, 2022
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