But that argument ignores the reality of who the victims of crime are. Crime is, primarily, an intraracial problem. The victims of crime look very much like the offenders, and leaving them unprotected is hardly a step forward in racial justice.
We have all seen instances of police brutality directed toward young men of color. Such conduct needs to be addressed. But there is no reason to condemn all police officers for the excesses of the few and no basis for suggesting that we would all be safer with fewer police officers.
Biden pointed out that it was the Republicans who voted as a bloc against legislation that puts more police on the streets.
At the end of the day, it’s former President Donald Trump’s fault. He is costing the Republicans dearly, turning them into pretzels as they try to defend the indefensible at the expense of long held principles.
Serves them right for not owning the fact that the former president erred in his response not only to Jan. 6 but also to the subpoenas requesting the return of top-secret documents. Defending a president who has contempt for the rule of law is a costly endeavor.
In Trump’s case, it has cost them an issue that they have ridden to victory in one election after another. And it has given Democrats the opportunity to own the issue of personal security, after years of being accused of defending the criminals’ lobby. This November, that will be the Republicans’ cross to bear.