Carville urges Democrats to blame Trump for rising crime rates

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Democratic strategist James Carville is calling on members of his party to blame former President Trump for rising crime rates in the country, while labeling the Trump presidency as “one long crime wave.”

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Wednesday, Carville argued that Democrats should “hold Mr. Trump and the Republicans accountable” when it comes to crime.

“Make them own the crime wave they created,” he added.

Carville, who served as former President Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign manager, cited statistics showing that murders and hate crimes increased under the Trump administration. He noted that crime “steadily decreased” from 1993 to 2019, then spiked during Trump’s final year in office.

“The modern Democratic Party is flat-out better on crime than Republicans,” Carville wrote.

Carville labeled Trump’s presidency as “one long crime wave,” contending that he “broke laws, obstructed justice and incited violence knowing he wouldn’t be held accountable while in office.”

The strategist linked Trump’s offenses to the spike in crime observed during his presidency.

“Corruption became the administration’s oxygen, and Mr. Trump’s stunning display of lawlessness set an example for criminals to crawl out of the shadows and believe they would never be brought to justice,” he wrote.

Carville said “all of this culminated” during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. He pointed to that day, and Republicans’ subsequent efforts to defend the violent attack against law enforcement and oppose funds for Capitol Police, to question “who really voted to defund the police?” and “Who did it to cover up the investigation of a host of crimes?”

“Not the Democrats,” Carville answered.

The funding Carville referred to is a $1.9 billion supplemental appropriations bill meant to bolster security at the Capitol following the Jan. 6 riots.

The House narrowly passed the legislation last week, with all Republicans present voting against the bill.

Carville called on Democrats to “Reform the police and clean up the Trump crime wave.”

He urged his party, however, to hold off on making any changes ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. He said it is their responsibility to keep the “disastrous failures” from the Trump years “alive and well” until voters head to the ballot box next year.

“He [Trump] and the Republicans don’t accept responsibility for the crime wave either. Instead, they point fingers at everyone else. But they built it, and they own it,” Carville wrote.

“The Republican Party is betting that the American people will suffer amnesia from the carnage of the Trump presidency. It’s our job to keep the disastrous failures of the Trump presidency, including on crime, alive and well from now until Election Day 2022,” he continued.

He said Democrats can’t herald the “sweeping reform” needed if they don’t have “big majorities,” which cannot be won unless the party goes “on the offensive against the cheap talk of the Republican Party.”

“Now that violent crime is on the rise, we Democrats can no longer afford to sit by passively while Republicans trumpet bellicose law-and-order talking points. If we don’t aggressively begin to own the crime issue and make Republicans respond to their own failures, we risk losing our slim majorities in Congress,” Carville wrote.

“Democrats, don’t pivot on crime. Own the issue or the issue will own you,” he added.

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