MSNBC character Joe Scarborough slammed progressives on Friday as being alarmingly out of contact with voters’ considerations about rising crime charges forward of important midterm elections subsequent month.
The “Morning Joe” co-anchor focused Democrats after the left-leaning community aired a section with a spotlight group of black voters in Philadelphia. The voters, all Democrats, recognized crime as their largest concern and expressed frustration that lawmakers haven’t adequately addressed the disaster.
“That is so jarring and we hear it everywhere,” Scarborough mentioned after watching the main focus group’s responses. “We hear it from Philadelphia to New York to San Francisco. In an Oklahoma debate yesterday, or a couple of days ago, the Democratic candidate said crime was higher per capita there than in New York, and was laughed off the stage — it ended up being the case.”
“There’s a massive crime wave, and, you know, yes, it does fall on both parties, but when you have woke DAs in Philadelphia basically saying they don’t have a crime problem, when you have cops quitting left and right in Philadelphia because, you know, they’re not going to risk their lives so they can arrest people who are going to be out on the street the next day,” Scarborough added.
Scarborough went on to argue that progressive policymakers in Philadelphia have been successfully telling their residents “don’t believe your lying eyes” regardless of proof of mounting crime.
“Progressives on crime in places like Philadelphia and New York are so extraordinarily clueless,” Scarborough mentioned throughout Friday’s version of “Morning Joe.” “It’s maddening. And yet, you see it in these focus groups.”
Public security has emerged as a important situation in midterm elections that can decide management of Congress. Republican lawmakers have routinely accused their Democratic counterparts of embracing soft-on-crime insurance policies whilst cities turn out to be extra unsafe.
In Philadelphia, police had reported 424 homicides in 2022 via Wednesday. That quantity was a 2% lower in comparison with final 12 months’s record-high homicide fee, although homicides are nonetheless up 58% in comparison with 2019.
This week, New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams argued the media has created a false “perception” of rampant subway crime — regardless of statistics exhibiting violent crime this 12 months via August was up 39% in comparison with 2019.
Adams, a Democrat who ran on a promise to make the town safer, reversed course and acknowledged New York has “real crime to deal with” after CNBC confronted him with The Publish’s cowl story detailing his previous remarks.
MSNBC’s Elise Jordan agreed with Scarborough, noting that progressive messaging on crime has been “condescending” to those that expertise it each day.
Jordan held up a replica of The Publish whereas making her level.
“You look at the cover of the New York Post and you have Eric Adams saying, ‘Oh, crime’s not that bad in New York,'” Jordan mentioned. “I don’t know about you, but I know a lot of people, if they can afford to not take the subway, they aren’t taking the subway these days.”