Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 1, 2020
By W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner
The civil unrest unfolding in cities across the country is starting to rival the coronavirus as a source of voter concern, a possibility that could redound to President Trump’s benefit.
Both campaigns are behaving as if they sense such a shift. A recent Pew poll found violent crime suddenly a top five issue, just a few points behind the coronavirus. CNN’s Don Lemon commented last week that the violence was hurting Democrats.
Support for Black Lives Matter has dropped significantly in some polls. Marquette Law School found 61% to 38% backing in mid-June yet a 48% to 48% split in early August. There were also viral videos of a couple being stalked by protesters in Washington, D.C., and Rand Paul, a criminal justice reform proponent who introduced a bill banning no-knock warrants named after police shooting victim Breonna Taylor, and his wife being attacked.
As the protests begin to spiral out of control in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Democrats are suddenly finding themselves on the defensive. Presidential nominee Joe Biden has begun to try to get out in front of the issue, with fresh condemnations of the rioting and looting following relative silence at his party’s nominating convention. He is blaming the unrest on Trump’s divisiveness.
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