After Helping Spawn Record Crime Wave, GOP Run From 'First Step Act' They Once ChampionedChris Menahan
May. 02, 2022
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The GOP joined with Democrats in 2018 to pass the First Step Act and grant early release to carjackers, rapists, bank robbers and murderers in the name of fighting "systemic racism."
The GOP got on board with the jailbreak legislation due to lobbying from the Koch brothers and Chabad-Lubavitch, which counts Jared Kushner as a member.
After the GOP-approved bill helped spawn a record crime wave in major cities across America, Republicans stopped talking about it entirely and pivoted to acting like they're the party of law and order. The Democrats helped bail them out by going off the deep end and embracing the "defund the police" movement.
From Politico, "Trump's criminal justice reform bill becomes persona non grata among GOPers":
When Donald Trump signed a long-sought criminal justice reform measure into law in 2018, he had visions of using the legislation to make major inroads with Black and moderate swing voters.Trump blamed Kushner for pushing him to support the legislation, which he later described as a "total dud" and "political loser," according to Politico.
While it didn't go as far as advocates hoped, the First Step Act was widely regarded as a significant overhaul of the criminal justice system. The law aimed to shorten sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and improve incarceration conditions at the federal level, and sought to address racial inequalities in the justice system.It didn't help get him any votes but it did help spawn a record crime wave.
In the past year, violent crime rates have risen dramatically, with at least 12 major U.S. cities breaking annual homicide records in 2021. Recent polling reflects public concerns about rising crime rates and dissatisfaction with how public leaders are addressing the problem. Republicans pointed to the trends as evidence of a Democratic failure.The First Step Act should hang around Republicans' neck like an albatross. It was the perfect example of what the GOP does when they actually have power. Rather than serve the interests of their voters, they serve the interests of their billionaire donors and screw over their base at every opportunity.
With Democrats' midterm prospects looking bleak as a result of their own soft-on-crime policies, we can be certain Politico is only bringing this bill up to try and spread the blame around. Regardless, the GOP deserve every ounce of scorn they get!
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