There are lots of reasons President Trump is likely to be reelected – some are purely technical political campaign reasons and others are matters of policy preference for the
majority of the electorate, but in our view the top three reasons Trump will be elected are centered on how Trump has branded the Democrats and how the Democrats have branded themselves.
And the second of those top three is how Democrats have branded themselves on law and order.
In an otherwise anti-Trump and anti-Republican op-ed in the Washington Post, Jonathan M. Metzl dropped this little gem: Marquette University pollster Charles Franklin found that “favorable” views of Black Lives Matter protests among White residents of Wisconsin fell from plus-22 to minus-5 between June and August.
Mr Metzl attributes this shift in the polls to racist “messaging” by President Trump and Republicans “that links racial justice with rioting and looting and casts Democratic cities as anarchist purgatories” as opposed to the rational response of normal Americans of all races watching their TVs and deciding they don’t want the rioting, looting and vandalism they see in Seattle, Portland, New York and other Democrat-controlled cities come to their own communities.
Here are just a few examples of the Democrats’ embrace of street violence has come back to haunt them:
Video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his wife, Kelley shielded by police as they were chased back to their hotel by violent BLM rioters has gotten more than 10 million views.
BLM attacking random people, shutting down restaurants, climbing into homes in Rochester, NY, where the corrupt African American mayor fired the law and order African American Chief of Police.
The looting of luxury boutique storefronts and “eat the rich” graffiti in New York City.
The BLM leader in Chicago who said looting was “reparations.”
But it isn’t just hitherto unknown “leaders” of the BLM movement – it is also Democrat elected officials and party leaders who have embraced the chaos and street violence:
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) said, "You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
During an interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo, Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan said that the violent occupation of a six-block square area in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, where two people were eventually murdered, could be a “summer of love.”
Muslim Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5) proudly declares “I am, by nature, a starter of fires…I’m going to burn down everything around me…”
When President Trump threatened to send Homeland Security agents to New York to stop the violence Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We would immediately take action in court to stop it.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t even criticize a Baltimore mob for throwing a statue of Christopher Columbus into the harbor, saying, “People will do what they do.”
A Pew study from June found that 73% of Americans want spending on their local police to stay about the same as it is now or be increased; only 12% said it should be decreased “by a lot.”
So, it has not been lost on voters that when Democrats in Minneapolis and elsewhere defunded the police in response to the demands of violent Leftwing rioters, crime went up. John Solomon’s Just the News reported the Minneapolis Police Department's crime data shows a rise in assaults, robberies and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than those killed in all of last year.
What’s more, while commentators, such Mr Metzl, want to make law and order about “racial justice” the Democrats have embraced and defended the anarchy ever since Donald Trump was elected – and voters of all races are getting tired of it.
In Portland, Oregon, the scene of almost continuous riots starting the day after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, Antifa’s Marxist urban guerillas have nearly taken over the city – with the help and support of Portland’s Democrat Mayor, Ted Wheeler.
It has not been lost on voters that for months on end Mayor Wheeler has been defending the violent Marxists who are destroying downtown Portland. Back in July, when the revolutionaries began to escalate their attacks on the federal courthouse with incendiary devices, Wheeler demanded that federal officers leave the city, calling their presence “an unconstitutional occupation,” in a rant that made national news.
And the voter distaste for chaos and street violence is now apparent even in famously liberal Oregon. Alek Skarlatos, 28-year-old Republican political novice, is now within striking distance of Far Left 33-year incumbent Democrat Congressman Peter DeFazio in the state’s 4th District congressional race.
As Oregonlive.com reported, early in the campaign, Skarlatos released a video that at first glance looked more like a trailer for a new Terminator flick. A searchlight cuts through murk of what appears to be a post-apocalyptic landscape. Ominous music plays.
“Socialists and communists are burning our cities,” Skarlatos intones. “Violent mobs are attacking our men in uniform. We can all feel it. America is in danger.”
Many voters in Oregon and elsewhere think Skarlatos is right.
Finally, we look to the vast increase in gun sales as a baseline indicator of the public’s support of law and order. NPR reported that federal background checks for handgun buyers in June were up 300 percent over last year. A researcher estimates that 3 million more guns than usual were sold during the first half of the year, and August 2020 saw another record month for gun sales with at least 1.6 million firearms sold – and we seriously doubt many of those gun buyers plan to vote for Joe Biden, who has made it clear he wants to confiscate the guns they just bought.
Establishment media polls have tended to show Biden winning, even on the law and order issue, but we don’t believe them – and POLITICO reports neither do the Democrats. As national political correspondent David Siders reported, in swing state suburbs, local Democratic Party officials met the Labor Day start of the fall campaign with an undercurrent of uneasiness about how quickly Trump shifted the focus of the campaign to public safety, widespread concerns about the political volatility — and potential allure — of the president’s law-and-order message.
In Pinal County, Ariz., where, Mr. Siders reported, “Thin Blue Line” flags have proliferated outside Phoenix and Tucson, Holly Lyon, chair of the local Democratic Party, said, “There is that little sort of unsettled feeling in people because we can tell that [Trump’s messaging] is grabbing hold, and it’s working.”
When voters head to the polls this fall, “Orange Man Bad” is not a persuasive message for Democrats when civil unrest has gripped the nation and the safety of their homes and families is on the ballot.
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