The desperation of Donald Trump and his warped revision of the Republican Party becomes more evident with each passing day. The upcoming midterm elections, which were once predicted to be highly favorable to the GOP, now appear to be trending more to the Democrats than anyone thought possible.
Consequently, Trump is stepping up his cult rally schedule, as well as his rancid rhetoric. While crime has been an issue that Republicans have long sought to exploit, Trump’s take on it diverts farther from reality than any prior rendering. In Trump World America is a vortex of perpetual violence that threatens every man, woman, and child, twenty-fours a day. No, really. He told his Deplorables at his latest traveling salvation show that…
“If we are going to make America great again, we have to make America safe again. It’s the only way. You can’t walk down a street in a Democrat-run city without being shot or mugged or knifed. Under Steve Sisolak, your crime-loving governor, and the radical left Democrats, the streets of our once great cities are drenched in the blood of innocent victims. That’s what’s happening in all of these Democrat-run cities. And I would say just about all of them.”
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2022
First of all, nearly all large cities in the U.S. are “Democrat-run” cities. That’s because most people appreciate honesty and intelligence, and policies that benefit working people that grow the economy from the middle, out. So Trump is saying, in effect, that the majority of the American people can’t walk down a street without being slaughtered by a homicidal maniac. Which is, of course, preposterous. But it serves Trump’s purpose to frighten people into holing up in their basements and shooting at anything that moves outside.
What’s more, Trump accuses Democrats of being “crime-loving” civic leaders. Which is ironic coming from someone who is currently being investigated for multiple federal, state, and civil crimes- far more than any other president or high-ranking public official.
More to the point, Trump is, as usual, wrong. Studies show that crime is actually higher per capita in Republican areas. One such study by the centrist Third Way organization found that…
“Murder rates are actually higher in Republican, Trump-voting states that haven’t even flirted with ideas like defund the police. Eight of the ten most lawless, high-murder states are not only Trump-voting states, but GOP bastions for the last quarter of a century. A more accurate conclusion from the data is that Republicans do a far better job blaming others for high murder rates than actually reducing high murder rates.”
Furthermore, the study found that even cities run by Republicans often had worse crime rates than comparable cities run by Democrats. In one amusing example they found that…
“Jacksonville, a city with a Republican mayor, had 128 more murders in 2020 than San Francisco, a city with a Democrat mayor, despite their comparable populations. In fact, the homicide rate in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco was half that of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield, a city with a Republican mayor that overwhelmingly voted for Trump.”
Don’t expect to hear Trump or any other republican acknowledge these facts. And don’t expect to see any of them on Fox News. Because Trump and the GOP, and the propagandists at Fox, are too fixated on spreading lies intended to scare the bejeebers out of everyone within earshot. It’s the only thing they have left since fully adopting the lunacy of QAnon and abandoning the real world that the rest of us inhabit.
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