By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — As Vice President Kamala Harris paid a political call on Milwaukee Thursday to address the Democratic Attorneys General Association, a new poll underscores the destructive impacts liberal criminal justice reforms are having around the country.
The Convention of States Action poll finds more than two-thirds (68 percent) of likely U.S. voters (68%) say they feel less safe in America than just two years ago. Another 27% report no perceived change, and 5% don’t know, according to the poll of more than 1,000 likely voters conducted Sept. 17-20 by renown pollster The Trafalgar Group
“On the heels of our polling revealing that the majority of Americans believe President Biden is dividing our country, we now see Americans also feel less safe today than they did just two short years ago,” said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States. “Biden and his party are using divisive rhetoric and advocating for pro-criminal policies, and we are seeing the results firsthand in our nation today,” said Mark Meckler, President of the Convention of States.
Harris, addressing the Democrat attorneys general, praised Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and his colleagues for their pledges to defy abortion bans in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the constitutionally flawed Roe v. Wade. Liberal Kaul has said he will not uphold a Wisconsin law prohibiting abortions and has advised local district attorneys to do the same.
“Josh, our administration has your back,” Harris said, to applause from the Democrats. In short, the lawless administration will support Kaul’s lawlessness.
Kaul’s Republican opponent, Fond du Lac District Attorney Eric Toney, noted Harris was speaking in a city that has posted record homicide numbers the last two years thanks in large part to failed progressive justice policies.
“Where we need the help from our United States Attorney’s Office, from the federal government, is on the violent crime that we are seeing here in Milwaukee,” he said.
Milwaukee, as of Thursday, had reported 167 homicides on the year, 28 more than at the same time in 2021. The Homicide Review Commission recorded 193 homicides in Milwaukee last year, beating the record from the year before. More than 850 people were wounded in shootings in 2021, according to the commission.
Harris, the former failed attorney general of California, pushed for the “reform” of the cash bail system — just as liberal Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes pushed for eliminating cash bail while in the state Legislature.
“Bail is supposed to ensure that the accused appear at trial and don’t commit other offenses in the meantime,” Harris wrote in 2017. Ask the people in crime-ridden New York City and Los Angeles how such “reforms” are working out for them.
The Convention of States poll found 87% of Republicans and 64% of Independent voters feel less safe than they did two years ago. And about 45% of Democrats say the same.
“This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s just common sense. Americans support people who will uphold our laws and advocate for the safety and welfare of our citizens, rather than on behalf of criminals and lawbreakers doing harm to our families and communities,” Meckler said.
Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 22, 2022