May 26, 2021

JAMES ANTLE: Surging crime rate spells trouble for Democrats in 2022 elections.

A rise in violent crime during the 1960s, and growing public sentiment that the liberal wing of the Democratic Party was too soft in confronting it, helped fuel Republican victories in the 1970s and 1980s. This culminated in the 1988 presidential election, in which Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis saw a 17-point national lead evaporate due in part to the “Willie Horton” ad about Massachusetts’s furlough program for convicted violent criminals. Dukakis ended up losing 40 states.

Liberals are fearful of a repeat. Left-wing commentator Ezra Klein acknowledged the crime wave “is a crisis on its own terms” but also described it on Twitter as “a crisis for the liberal project.”

Don’t get cocky… but take cover and stock up on even more ammo.

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