Return of the 'Law and Order' Issue
According to Gallup, on the issue of crime, President Joe Biden is 18 points underwater. While 57% of Americans disapprove of how he is handling crime, only 39% approve.
Biden's dismal rating was recorded before the verdict came in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial -- not guilty on all five counts -- a verdict Biden declared had made him "angry."
Biden's rating also came before career criminal Darrell Brooks, free on $1,000 bail after running over his girlfriend, drove his Ford Escape into the Waukesha Christmas parade, killing six and injuring 60.
Biden's low rating on crime came before "flash mobs" of thieves in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York looted Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Apple, cleaning them out in minutes.
It came before the guilty verdicts came in against the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, the Black jogger, in Georgia.
Media efforts to infuse a racial motive to Rittenhouse's action, however, failed. Rittenhouse is white, as were the three rioters he shot. As were the lead prosecutor and his deputy. As were Rittenhouse's defense attorney and his deputy. And as was the judge.
Race never came up during Rittenhouse's time on the witness stand. And nothing in his background suggests any link to "white supremacists," as was insinuated by Biden, who has made no apology.
But what these incidents, involving killings with racial connotations, portend is that crime, race, law and order will be blazing issues in 2022 and 2024. And as of now, Biden and his Democratic Party are not on the side of America's majority.
The latest statistics on homicide and murders for 2021 seem to guarantee that this mega-issue remains front and center.
A day before Thanksgiving, The Washington Post reported that Washington, D.C., had recorded its 200th homicide this year, surpassing last year's total five weeks before this year's end. Homicides in 2020 were up 30% from 2019.