Democrats have no solutions to today’s crime surge. Here’s how they
shrug off the mayhem.

First: Deep denial.

Through September 27, New Orleans suffered 208 homicides, up 44%
versus that period in 2021 and 141% in 2019. The Crescent City has
become America’s Murder Capital.

“I do not embrace that at all,” said Democrat Mayor La Toya Cantrell. “It
isn’t based on what’s happening on the ground.” She later said that “our
city is safer than it’s been in a long time.”

Crime books can be cooked: Curbing arrests can “erase” lawlessness by
leaving it unrecorded. But there’s no faking a cadaver. Regardless, Cantrell
scoffs at humiliating police data.
Second: Sing a song.

Chicago’s crime numbers are hellacious: Year-to-date versus 2021, burglary
is up 22%, theft ahead 61%, and car theft 79% higher. Overall, crime has
climbed 38%.

Amid all this, Democrat Mayor Lori Lighfoot promoted a karaoke contest
via a grating, vertical Tik Tok video in which she sports sunglasses, strides
up to a microphone, and sings Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago.”
The only excuse for Lightfoot’s lightweight response to Windy City chaos:
Her dismal musical performance would neutralize criminals. If this works, I
will say it first: Lightfoot for President!

Third: Roll out the bromides.

Long Island’s Joel Murphy and Elijah Robinson, 17, were wounded in a
drive-by shooting about 2:20 p.m. on October 9, in suburban Shirley. One
hid beneath the front porch of Congressman Lee Zeldin, New York’s
Republican gubernatorial nominee. Another sheltered behind a bush. A
bullet lodged just 30 feet from where Zeldin’s twin daughters, 16, did
homework at their kitchen table.

“I’m so pleased no one was injured,” said Crime-spree Kathy Hochul, New
York’s hapless Democrat governor. “It’s a reminder we all have to work
together to get guns off the streets.”

Hochul’s words are as predictable as low tide. Yes, pistol-packing perps
should suffer severe sentences. But 100% gun control would not have
stopped David Jakubonis who, last July 21, confronted Zeldin on the
hustings, shoved a sharp keychain weapon beside his neck, and said:
“You’re done.”

Jakubonis was armed and threatened a congressman. Regardless, he was
free the next day before being arrested on federal charges.

Vincent Buccino savored pizza outside a Hell’s Kitchen eatery on
September 9. An unprovoked attacker smashed a chair over his head and
broke his arm. The unidentified criminal remains at large.
Michael Palacios terrorized a Manhattan McDonald’s on September 16.
After harassing patrons, he yanked an ax from his backpack, menaced
diners, and chopped up a table, chairs, and glass wall. He, too, was arrested
and swiftly sprung without bail.

Palacios was arrested again on October 11, for alleged graffiti and bicycle
theft. Once more, Palacios was freed without bail.

Hochul’s hackneyed “Gun control!” slogan would have done bupkis to foil
these and countless gun-free attacks. Had Hochul demanded keychain-
weapon control, chair control, or ax control, one might respect her
originality. Instead, Hochul the Hack spurns criminal control, which would
address the evil that undergirds these cases.
Fourth: “Racism!”

Democrats shout, “Racism!” as often as people exhale. They did precisely
this when People Who Play by the Rules PAC’s devastating political ad
showed doorbell-camera images of three thugs tackling an innocent woman
and beating her on a sunny sidewalk in Chicago’s leafy Lakeview district.
She screams for help for 20 agonizing seconds. After a smiling photo
appears of Mayor Lightfoot and Governor J.B. Pritzker (D – Illinois), a
graphic quietly asks: “Lightfoot. Pritzker. How much worse does it have to

The anti-cash-bail Pritzker — who, like Lightfoot, faces re-election —
decried the ad’s “racial tinge” because it shows “apparently black” muggers.
But this is Pritzker’s racist assumption. The armed robbers’ hoodies
obscure the races of their concealed faces.

Democrats are out of gas on crime. On November 8, voters should hire
Republicans to rescue them from the dangerous neighborhood to which
the empty-tank Democrats have driven them.

Manhattan-based political commentor Deroy Murdock is a Fox News
contributor. Aaron Cichon contributed research to this opinion piece.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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