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Why don't all cities with high rates of crime get the same Trump treatment?   The Serious You: Politics

Started Jul-30 by MerlinsDad; 72 views.
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Jul-30

Here's an insightful and informative opinion piece by Steve Israel and Douglas Kriner.  Steve Israel represented New York in Congress from 2001-2017 and directs the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University. Douglas Kriner is the Clinton Rossiter Professor in American Institutions at Cornell.

bolding mine --MD

But if the President were really worried about bringing law and order to cities with high rates of violent crimes, he would also send the agents to -- wait for it -- Oklahoma City. Despite having almost exactly the same number of residents as Portland, Oklahoma City had a violent crime rate 67% higher and a murder rate more than double that of Portland, according to the most recent complete FBI statistics from 2018. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/preliminary-report/tables/table-4/table-4.xls/view

Or the President might consider a recent rally host: Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2018, Tulsa's was double Portland's and its murder rate more than triple. Preliminary FBI data for January to June of 2019 tells a similar story. Though not perfect, the FBI data presented is the best information available on crime in the US.

Then why not Tulsa and Oklahoma City? Perhaps because they are run by Republican mayors. It is true that violence is spiking in major cities across the country and that almost all of America's largest metropolitan areas are run by Democrats. However, not all of them are being singled out for mass infusions of federal law enforcement.

Consider three of America's largest cities after New York and Los Angeles: Chicago, Philadelphia and Houston. All three have experienced sharp increases in homicides in recent months: 34% in Chicago, 31% in Philadelphia and 37% in Houston, according to each city's respective police department.

But President Trump has ordered the Feds into just one: Chicago. What sets the second pair of cities -- Philadelphia and Houston -- apart? Political geography. The first is in a swing state, and the second is in an increasingly pink state that early polls suggest  may be in play in November.

President Trump has not flooded the streets of these cities with federal law enforcement, presumably because his gambit has nothing to do with fighting crime and everything to do with political theatrics and cracking down on free speech.  In weaponizing largely peaceful protests that have occasionally involved violence, Trump sees a new wedge issue that could win back the suburbs and reclaim votes among non-college educated women and men who have drifted away from him in recent polls.

So, he does what he does best: creates his own false narrative based on distortions, racially tinged rhetoric and constitutionally dubious assertions.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/29/opinions/portland-crime-rate-federal-law-enforcement-trump-israel-kriner/index.html

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From: Showtalk

Jul-30

Rather than repost an entire article which is a copyright violation I am copying the relevant paragraph, with a link to the article. I was curious, too and found this.  The Chicago police union begged for federal aid.

The head of Chicago’s police union also courted federal action. In an open letter on the union’s Facebook page, the union head decried unspecified “chaos” in the city and slammed Chicago’s mayor for failing to maintain “law and order.” The letter asked Trump for “help from the federal government.” (Chicago is currently experiencing an uptick in gun violence. Trump has previously threatened to send troops to Chicago to fight crime, including in 2017.)


 

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