Video-NRCC Releases Scathing Ad Attacking Progressive Democrats for Soft-on-Crime Policies
Republicans have found a weak spot to attack vulnerable Democrats in the aftermath of a tense debate over a crime bill that would have significantly decreased penalties for various crimes in Washington, DC.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released a scathing advertisement this week targeting Democrats who opposed the legislation to prevent the crime bill from taking place.
The bill, which would lessen penalties for violent crimes such as carjackings and robberies, was passed overwhelmingly in D.C.’s City Council.
Still, Congressional Republicans, with the support of some Democrats, overrode the law in both the House and Senate.
After initial pushback, President Biden said he would sign the bill preventing the sentencing reductions.
Biden’s support for the bill caused a schism in the Democratic Party, with more Progressive members attacking his support for undermining D.C. home rule.
President Joe Biden’s support of a Republican resolution to block new District of Columbia crime laws has split members of his own party amid rising concerns about crime in the nation’s capital and other cities. https://t.co/4SE8Wz8DPg
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) March 8, 2023
While a majority of Senate Democrats supported the bill, only a few House Democrats broke in support of it.
House Republicans seized on the issue to attack House Democrats for being soft on crime, saying they were to the left of the Democratic President.
“Murderers given reduced sentences. Carjackers given slaps on the wrist by pandering politicians. Not just the D.C. City Council, 173 House Democrats voted for reduced sentences for violent crimes. So crazy even President Biden won’t support the anarchy,” an advertisement targeting Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) said. “What’s next? Defund the Police?”
🚨New ads dropping today 🚨
Too extreme even for Biden — 15 vulnerable House Dems supported reduced penalties for violent crime. pic.twitter.com/RGgJjlWvGo
— NRCC (@NRCC) March 8, 2023
The NRCC targeted fifteen Democra representatives, including Reps. Spanberger, Matt Cartwright, D-PA, Mary Peltola, D-AK, Chris Deluzio, D-PA, Dina Titus, D-NV, Emilia Sykes, D-OH, Frank Mrvan, D-IN, Gabe Vasquez, D-NM, Hillary Scholten, D-MI, Jahana Hayes, D-CT, Mike Levin, D-CA, Seth Magaziner, D-RI, Steven Horsford, D-NV, Susan Wild, D-PA, and Val Hoyle, D-OR, tweeting that they “will be held accountable for their extremism all cycle.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. likewise pointed out that Democrats’ soft-on-crime policies are out of step with what the majority of Americans want.
“Should we be softer on crime, like Democrats want, at the local, state, and federal levels?” McConnell said in February. “Or should we be tougher on crime, like Republicans and the American people want?
McConnell calls out Democrats on DC crime bill https://t.co/FbL4o4654x
— Robert Steurer (@RobertSteurer) March 8, 2023
Biden relented to Republican pressure to sign the bill as Democrats have been in the hot seat recently for not being tough enough on crime.
“If you pass it, I will sign it,” Biden said in a private meeting with Republicans.
Biden later tweeted that he supports D.C. statehood, but “I don’t support some of the changes D.C. Council put forward over the mayor’s objections — such as lowering penalties for carjackings.”
I support D.C. Statehood and home-rule – but I don’t support some of the changes D.C. Council put forward over the Mayor’s objections – such as lowering penalties for carjackings.
If the Senate votes to overturn what D.C. Council did – I’ll sign it.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 2, 2023
Top Democrats have publicly opposed the bill, including Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.
“We need to make sure the Senate understands the full effect of taking away local decision-making, particularly for the District of Columbia that does not have representation in that manner,” He said.
“Any effort to go forward on this vote — it’s just a way to try to stomp on D.C.,” said top progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma.
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