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Monday, October 3, 2022

OPINION:

Last month, Wisconsin Democratic Senate nominee Mandela Barnes bragged about his endorsements from nine police officers, only two of whom currently serve. Considering there are 13,400 active-duty officers in the state, finding two is hardly something to be proud of. But it gets worse: Neither of the two endorsements Mr. Barnes claims to have received actually endorsed him. Mr. Barnes’s record on supporting law enforcement is so troubling, he’s resorted to making up endorsements.

Mr. Barnes — like countless Democrats running for office — is simply reaping what he’s sown. For two years, Democrats railed against our men and women in blue. They backed the defund-the-police movement. They championed soft-on-crime policies that put criminals back on the streets. And they’ve turned a blind eye to the crisis on our southern border. All of this has led to a surge in violent crime and dangerous drugs in our communities.  


In Pennsylvania, the Democratic-run cities Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are experiencing dramatic crime waves and a spike in murders fueled by radical policies that Democrats like Senate candidate John Fetterman have supported. For years, Mr. Fetterman has pushed for taxpayer-funded drug dens and releasing one-third of the prison population. And he’s only doubled down. Last year, he admitted that he wants to free every second-degree murderer in Pennsylvania prisons. According to Mr. Fetterman, a life sentence for murder is a “tragedy.” Unfortunately for Keystone State residents, Mr. Fetterman has put his dangerous views into action. Under his leadership, nearly 10,000 inmates have been released. And as chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Mr. Fetterman worked to release multiple first-degree murderers, including one who referred to himself as “a son of the devil.”

In Nevada, Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is being haunted by her time on the Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners as state attorney general. Between 2007 and 2014, Ms. Cortez Masto voted to shorten the sentences of violent criminals more than 75 times. In Georgia, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is on record accusing police officers of having a “gangster and thug mentality.” And in Florida, Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings is walking back past sympathies for the defund-the-police movement and statements describing violent riots as “a beautiful sight.”

Ms. Demings isn’t the only Democrat scrambling to change her tune. In Arizona, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly talks tough about border security, but he’s voted with President Biden 94% of the time and consistently refuses to do the bare minimum to secure the border. He voted to defund border wall construction three times. He refused to vote to renew Title 42, the last bastion of President Donald Trump’s border policy that immediately removed illegal immigrants. And he declined to support hiring more Border Patrol agents despite funding “sanctuary cities” and thousands of IRS agents.

Meanwhile, deadly drugs like fentanyl are pouring over the border and deep into our communities. Business is booming for human smugglers and sex traffickers. Sixty murderers, 78 people on the terror watchlist, and 323 sex offenders have been caught trying to cross the border so far. Yet Mr. Kelly ignores the crisis in his own backyard. He’s just another Democrat refusing to enforce the law.

That’s not a winning strategy when voters are increasingly concerned about crime and violence. For the first time since 2016, a majority of voters — 53% — said they worry a “great deal about crime,” according to a Gallup Poll. Voters also trust Republicans over Democrats to get crime under control. And the latest polling shows Mr. Biden’s approval rating has sunk below 40%.

While Democrats run from the problem they created, Republican Senate candidates are racking up endorsements from our men and women in blue. In Wisconsin, Sen. Ron Johnson has been endorsed by 51 sheriffs across the state — Republican, Democratic and independent. In Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police. In Nevada, Adam Laxalt was endorsed by the Las Vegas Police Protective Association and the Public Safety Alliance of Nevada, which recently revoked their endorsement of Cortez Masto. Arizona’s Blake Masters earned an endorsement by the National Border Patrol Council.

And North Carolina’s Ted Budd, Georgia’s Herschel Walker and Ohio’s J.D. Vance have all been endorsed by law enforcement agencies as well.

Democrats can backpedal all they want, but they can’t erase their records. Americans know that a vote for Republicans is a vote for public safety, security and the rule of law. That’s an issue that will win at the ballot box.

• Ronna McDaniel is the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.


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