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Dem Senate Candidates Face Reckoning for Support of Soft-on-Crime Policies

AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn

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With just over a week to go until Election Day, Democrats in key Senate races throughout the country are faltering, with polls showing Republicans pulling ahead in nearly every toss-up race. One major reason why has been the wave of violent crime sweeping the country, which has remained a top issue for voters – and one for which Americans continue to blame Democrats.

Since the 2020 election, crime has skyrocketed throughout the country, with nearly every major metropolitan area seeing a spike in murders, robberies, and other less violent crimes like carjackings. Amid the rise of far-left prosecutors, the continuing fallout from the “Defund the Police” movement, and the liberal push to “reimagine” the criminal justice system, it’s no surprise that voters blame Democrats for much of the chaos on American streets. According to a recent Harvard-Harris poll, 64 percent of voters said that crime is increasing because of “woke politicians” – including 52 percent of Democrats. In AMAC’s inaugural national opinion poll, conducted by the Trafalgar Group and released earlier this month, a majority of likely voters likewise blamed President Joe Biden, lenient prosecutors, or lack of police presence for the increase in violent crime in the United States.

While many are now desperately trying to cover up their association with the left-wing criminal justice “reform” movement, Democrat Senate candidates are now being caught up in the growing voter backlash to soft-on-crime policies such as decriminalizing numerous offenses, ending cash bail, and freeing large numbers of convicts from prison.

In Wisconsin, where Democrat Mandela Barnes is facing off against incumbent Republican Ron Johnson, Barnes has faced mounting criticism for past comments calling for defunding the police and abolishing ICE and ending cash bail nationwide regardless of crime. At the same time as Barnes was proposing these policies, Wisconsin was experiencing a 70 percent increase in murders and a historic shortage of police. While Democrats had originally considered Wisconsin to be perhaps their top pickup target of 2022 cycle, Johnson is now polling more than three points ahead of Barnes in the latest RealClearPolitics average.

Other Democrat Senate candidates have faced similar struggles owing to their past support for radical crime policies. North Carolina candidate Cheri Beasley, with a nearly two-decade tenure on the state’s Supreme Court behind her, agreed that there is “great value” in “tearing down” the criminal justice system. Pennsylvania candidate John Fetterman said we must “reimagine” policing. In 2019, the supposedly “moderate” Tim Ryan of Ohio called the criminal justice system “racist” and “the new Jim Crow.”

Many Democrats have also openly supported the radical prosecutors that are often the primary target of voters’ ire when it comes to violent crime. As lieutenant governor, Fetterman praised Philadelphia’s Soros-backed DA Larry Krasner – who is now facing impeachment – as a “champion of criminal justice reform.” Recently, the city hit over 1,000 carjackings for the first time ever. Murders in Philadelphia hit an historic high in 2021, and there have already been 437 this year.

Even as crime goes up, Democrat Senate candidates have also almost uniformly called for a drastic and rapid reduction in the prison population, regardless of how devastating such a move would be for public safety. Numerous times Mandela Barnes has proposed releasing half of the state’s prisoners and once said it “won’t make anyone less safe.” John Fetterman has similarly said releasing one-third of prisoners “would make everyone safer,” while Tim Ryan has also supported releasing half of prisoners.

On this issue in particular, Fetterman is perhaps the most radical. When asked what he would do if he had “one wish,” Fetterman said he would “end life without parole” – a punishment reserved for only the most heinous of crimes. This squares with his record as chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, where he voted to release more criminals sentenced to life in prison than any other board member. He has said these convicts are “like your grandfather, they’re like your grandmother.” In one instance, he cast the sole vote to release a man charged with killing a woman with a pair of scissors.

Incumbent Democrat Senators running for reelection this year haven’t escaped criticism for their support of radical crime policies, either. Republicans were quick to note that Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock supported ending cash bail in 2018 – long before the policy became popular even among the far left. Warnock and Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto – also seeking re-election this year – have accrued soft-on-crime records in Congress, as well. Amid the current crime wave, they recently voted against a Republican-led amendment to address the rise in violent crime and ensure progressive prosecutors do their job and appropriately detain violent criminals pre-trial.

As they compete for votes in the midterms – and not just the support of far-left activists – many of these same Democrats have desperately tried to hide their records on crime and now voice support for law enforcement on TV and social media. But to their credit, Republicans have begun hammering home just how responsible Democrats are for the rise in violent crime that Americans suffered over the past two years.

In recent weeks, a GOP ad blitz hitting Democrat Senate candidates on crime has blanketed the airwaves in key states. The increase in messaging on public safety has directly coincided with a bump in the polls for Republicans, who now appear poised to take back control of the Senate in November. A recent Marquette Law School poll found support for Barnes has dropped a sizeable 6 percent since August. In Pennsylvania, Republican candidate Dr. Oz has caught up with Fetterman after trailing for months. Similarly, Adam Laxalt has overtaken Cortez-Masto in the polls, per the RealClearPolitics average.

If Democrats do lose their Senate majority this year – as well as what looks to be a hefty number of other races – it seems clear that crime will be a big reason why. After two years of descent into anarchy and chaos, Americans are demanding leaders who punish criminals, not victims, and restore safety and security to the country’s streets.

Claire Brighn is the pen name of a conservative researcher and writer with previous domestic and foreign policy experience in the Executive Branch.    


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GTPatriot
2 months ago

The Repubs has been given many mega-issues wrapped up in a bow and crime is a key one.
The Dims move to eliminate our police, put murderers back on the street, allowing cities like
Chicago to kill dozens every weekend without dispatching the national guard, believing that
George Floyd ( a druggie/rapist) was someone worth rioting for, encouraging the absolute
destruction of cities such as Minneapolis and Portland, etc, etc, proves that they want
total anarchy. Gun sales are through the roof because of this stupidity and I predict that in
the next 3 years, we will see at least 5 new gun factories being built in the US. I have 4 shotguns
now and am looking for a 5th. I also have a pitbull and may get another. Be aware and ready.

johnh
2 months ago

White House administration is promoting soft-on-crime by not enforcing immigration laws at Southern Border & not arresting protesters at SCOTUS justice homes that are breaking a Federal Law. Our Judicial Branch must step up to plate and enforce existing laws.

johnh
2 months ago

If you are one who wants to defund police, then when someone is breaking into your house …are you going to phone the shoplifters that are looting stores & not being arrested if they steal less than $1-thousand dollars worth. What a great system for crooked people that do not want to earn honest living and pay their own way in society.

Randall L. Beatty
2 months ago

Crime is out of control in this country thanks to Biden and his Dem party we need a better country and we do not need them in control anymore time for a change that will come in November.

Penny
2 months ago

Thanks to Soros-funded AG and DA law is no longer practiced in certain states and cities.

Henker
2 months ago

Welfare-For-Life is how the Devil turns them into monsters.

MICHAEL AL FLAIR
2 months ago

We have survived “Biden’s progressive / socialist era”, it has been an awful 2 years and America has declined in almost every area. Funny I am not hearing how wonderful MMT is and how the social state will pay for everything…our institutions have been attacked but survived intact, the Supreme Court and Congress. In the future, the Executive Branch needs to be cleaned up, downsized and re-organized. This is the beginning of the end of liberalism new world order. Republicans will take 30 to 40 House Seats, and 2 to 4 Senate Seats, and the contested governor races too (Lake, Dixon, Zeldin). America’s sanity is about to be restored.

GotGood
2 months ago

62 house seats
4 senate seats
2024
Presidency, 6 Senate seats
12 more House seats

fredwriter1961
3 months ago

A party whose main constituents are ignorant blacks and leftist Jews who want to impose a retrograde cultural agenda regarding gender, race and sexual orientation not to mention support for illegal immigration, defunding the police, no fracking, opposition to voter ID, school choice, abortion on demand and more is not fit to govern a nation that is much more conservative than the leftist cultural transmitters of Hollywood, the media and the academy. They deserve to lose so badly that they will be out of power for the rest of the decade.

David Lilly
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

Don’t be so stupid. Without looking I would tell you that the “main constituents” of the democrat party are white people regardless of their association with Judaism.
You act exactly as the anti-American left does, dicing people up into little pockets of demographics.

jcoverlaw
2 months ago
Reply to  David Lilly

Well said.

jcoverlaw
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

Antisemitic diatribe wholly fallacious. Attempt to grow up.

GotGood
2 months ago
Reply to  jcoverlaw

AIC worshippers trying to stir up trouble

Gail Tubbs
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

I wonder who you will vote for!?

GotGood
2 months ago
Reply to  Gail Tubbs

Democrats
This is a troll

GotGood
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

Democrat troll

ST st
3 months ago

GAMETIME! OK Republicans – start flying those American Flags if you want to win!! (and spread the word)
commoncts.blogspot.com/2022/10/gametime-ok-republicans-start-flying.html

MAGA is Karma Baby
3 months ago

Bravo! GREAT article!

Goldwaterite
3 months ago

I am usually not thrilled when someone else loses their job.
But in this case, Eureka!!

T-Cell
3 months ago

The dem party is owned by the WEF and the Davos global elites, who are having them do their bidding, and attemting force us into the ‘great reset’… To accomplish that they need to collapse our economy and have our cities turned into hellholes. Then, we’ll be begging them for any semblance of (new, global) normalcy. If this isn’t rejected, we are done.

Steven Tapper
3 months ago

Imagine that? Every Democrat run city in the country is a war zone and the Democrats are all for pandering to the criminal element rather than protecting the citizens they supposedly represent.

It’ now become abundantly clear that the American voter totally rejects the Democrats position on dealing with crime. This is what happens when you practice stupidity, you lose political power.

Ishmael
3 months ago

Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic shleep taking a knee for BLM is all you need to remember.

Goldwaterite
3 months ago
Reply to  Ishmael

Indeed. That act of political theatre was revolting and an insult to the intelligence of all Americans.

American
3 months ago

I feel soros is a secret Republican. To give money to extremist leftist he knows they will bring the country down and people will turn to republicans. He is right. Thank you soros

Philip Hammersley
3 months ago
Reply to  American

Hope you are kidding! Otherwise, you are NUTS!

Henker
3 months ago

Democrats and their trashy and unjustified black ghetto revolt have failed. Americans don’t want to see another black face looter ever again.

Henker
3 months ago

Democrats have gone over to America’s sworn enemies. They are the Enemy Within and must needs will be crushed for the communist vermin they are. Enjoy some proper English for a change.

John Gebhardt
3 months ago

For a solution as big as the problem, visit conventionofstates.com. Read the discussion and sign the petition

Goldwaterite
3 months ago

Crime should haunt the Democrat incumbents: They pandered to the destructive and anti-American BLM & Antifa mobs. Let the karma of the electoral process show them and their appointees the door!

Allan E Brem
3 months ago

Apparently the voters do not want to take a closer look at how their candidates are voting. It will take much more than a couple of three persons added to the “new” majority to end the wasteful spending as they continue their quid pro quo approach to bills.

Myrna Wade
3 months ago

There are so many issues. I appreciate the argument that crime is the foremost. It isn’t just the Soros funded prosecutors (who don’t) causing this. The open border has to be part of the source of crime. Coming in without following legal procedures is a crime too (even though we have an administration welcoming this.)

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