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by John Jiang | Jun 10, 2020

Call it the most expensive street party of the decade.

Preliminary estimates of the property damage caused by the riots, lootings, and arson in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota come to about $500 million across more than 500 businesses, according to the Star Tribune. This potential price tag represents a dramatic increase from an earlier cost of $55 million cited by officials for Minneapolis.

The half-billion figure, if it holds up, would make the Twin Cities riots the second most destructive civil disturbance in the country’s history. The 1992 Los Angeles riots cost the insurance industry alone $775 million at the time, or around $1.4 billion adjusted for inflation. About half of small businesses in the U.S. aren’t insured.

Of course, the Twin Cities riots have been accompanied by other violent demonstrations in nearly every major metropolitan area in America over the past two weeks. Specific damage figures have yet to be calculated for other cities, but have been estimated to be in the “tens of millions” in places like New York City.

The numbers could continue to climb. While the worst of the unrest appears to have subsided, protests continue and violence could easily return. In Seattle, armed anarchists have occupied a section of the city abandoned by police, declaring it an “autonomous area” and a “cop free zone” and barricading the streets.

This immediate cost to the Twin Cities’ businesses does not, thankfully, pose a major danger to the cities as a whole, whose metropolitan area has a GDP of over $200 billion. Longer-term damage, however, is harder to account for, as existing business owners flee and prospective entrepreneurs are discouraged. The planned relocation of just one manufacturing firm, whose owner has condemned local officials for failing to protect his business, will cost the city 50 jobs. Far away in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been begging Walmart and CVS not to leave the city after both stores were looted and heavily damaged.

The economic damage in both the short and long term will be unevenly distributed in places like Minneapolis, where most of the chaos occurred along a five-mile stretch of Minneapolis’ central Lake Street. This happens to be right in the middle of one of the city’s largest concentrations of black and Hispanic residents. So much for minority advocacy.


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By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2020

Anarchists masquerading as social justice activists and George Floyd sympathizers who’ve taken over streets in Seattle and set up a Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, CHAZ, in which no police are allowed have a list of demands for local and state governing officials that clearly shows A) they’re unaccustomed to normal political bartering that includes give-and-take, concession for success, diplomacy as part and parcel of the dance — and B) they’re nuts.

And not just any old nuts. The kind of nuts that takes years to hone and develop.

Meanwhile, America take note: the takeover of Seattle’s streets is just the beginning.

These are not your peace-talking, peaceful-walking Martin Luther King, Jr., protesters.

These are armed rebels, bent on toppling societal structures in order to usher in a new nation, one where chaos rules, lawlessness leads and anger feeds.

“Activists take over a Seattle neighborhood, banishing the police,” The Washington Post reported.

“Seattle’s ‘autonomous zone’ has armed guards, local businesses being threatened with extortion, police say,” Fox News reported.

And they show no signs of leaving — or laying down arms.

“The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Just Keeps Growing,” wrote The Stranger.

So what is it they want?

Everything — everything far leftist, and the kitchen sink.

A webpage, CapHillAuto.zone, with the banner, “CHAZ: You Are Now Leaving The USA” and “Welcome to Free Capitol,” lists the demands of the “collective black voices” at the Seattle scene, as petitioned to the city government.

They include the abolition of the Seattle Police Department and local court system; the banning of ICE operations within city limits; a halt of any armed force against citizens; reparations for “victims of police brutality, in a form to be determined;” amnesty for all protesters; and the release and expunging of records of all city and state prisoners currently behind bars for marijuana offenses or for resisting arrest.

There are more.

“We demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline and the abolition of youth jails,” the site reads.

“We demand … the federal government launch a full-scale investigation into past and current cases of police brutality in Seattle and Washington,” the site continues.

“We demand that prisoners currently serving time be given the full and unrestricted right to vote,” the site states.

And more: No more immunity for police. No more prisons, “generally speaking, but especially” for youth. No more criminal justice as it stands, but rather a replacement “restorative/transformative accountability” system.

And yet even more: Let the people self-police for crime, the petition states. Let the police return all “lost and found” properties to the “denizens of the city,” the petition reads. Let the police immediately turn on all body cameras, and release all video for public viewing, the petition reads.

“We demand that the funding … for Seattle Police be redirected into socialized health and medicine for the city of Seattle; free public housing, because housing is a right, not a privilege; public eduction … naturalization services for immigrants to the United States living here undocumented. (We demand thy be called ‘undocumented’ because no person is illegal),” the petition continues.

There are still more.

The list breaks into specific economic demands — “the de-gentrification of Seattle, starting with rent control,” for example, and “free college for the people of the state of Washington,” for another example.

Then it breaks into specific health and human services demands — that hospitals in the city “employ black doctors and nurses specifically to help care for black patients,” for example.

Then it breaks into specific education demands — that “the history of black and Native Americans be given a significantly greater focus” in Washington schools, for example, or that “thorough anti-bias training become a legal requirement for all jobs in the education system, as well as in thee medical profession and in mass media,” for another example.

Does this sound like the campaign of people bent on real reform, trying to strike reasonable compromises, fully willing to come to the table to talk sensible shop?

Or the mindless fancies of the lunatic fringe? Obviously.

But that Democrats in these Democrat-controlled streets haven’t booted these lunatic fringers speaks volumes about the Democrat Party.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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Black Lives Matter Calls Joe Biden Insane for Considering Val Demings for Vice President

Oh, the joys of trying to pander to the far left. The race to be Joe Biden’s vice-president is heating up and Black Lives Matter has chimed in. They are unhappy with Florida Congresswoman Val Demmings being on the list.

That’s right. Black Lives Matter is not happy that Joe Biden may select a black congresswoman. You really can’t make this up. Conventional wisdom has been counseling the nominee to select a black woman. An open letter from more than 200 black women promises they are key to his victory in 2020 and to give a nod to this fact he should select one.

Demings is reportedly one of six women who have passed the initial scrutiny by the VP selection committee. According to the New York Post, she is seen as more attractive than Senator Kamala Harris in public presentations.

“She’s fresh and new, seems better on TV than Kamala [Harris]. I think right now she’s got an outside but decent shot at VP,” one Biden campaign insider told The Post. Demings has publicly stated her interest in the job.

However, Demings’ previous career was in law enforcement. From her website:

During her distinguished 27-year career with the Orlando Police Department (OPD), she served in virtually every department, including serving as Commander of the Special Operations. In this role, she was responsible for some of Orlando’s highest profile tasks, including special events and dignitary protection.

In 2007, Val Demings made history when she was appointed to serve as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police.

I would have to assume, this means she was also the first black female to hold the office. Now that there is a constituency on the left that is calling to defund police departments, Demings’ career is an obvious problem. At least to the Black Lives Matters activists. In fact, Hank Newsome, chairman of the Greater New York chapter, told the Post:

“Joe Biden would be an idiot to put her on his ticket. People are already on the fence about him,” Newsome told The Post. “When black people become police officers, they are no longer black. They are blue. And I have been told this by numerous officers.”

This may impact the idea that Biden has overwhelming support in the black community at this point. And how he handles this will be telling. He has already had to bounce Senator Amy Klobuchar after her record, or lack thereof, prosecuting police brutality as Hennepin County District Attorney.

If Biden is committed to picking a minority female, this would also bump Senator Elizabeth Warren. Not sure the 1/1024th Native American heritage would qualify. She and Senator Kamala Harris were both featured speakers at the Texas Democratic Party Convention recently, indicating they were top candidates in the selection.

Unfortunately, Harris’s record as San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General still haunts her. It was seen as a primary reason she never caught on with minority voters in her own bid for the nomination. Her record as a prosecutor was particularly off-putting to black men. It would be reasonable to assume Black Lives Matter activists would take issue with her as well.

The list of six also includes New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She is a Hispanic woman, but it is not clear this would satisfy activists given recent events. Her record is also quite moderate which will do nothing to impress the progressive wing of the party.

That leaves two remaining women under consideration, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Consideration of Bottoms seems somewhat tenuous. One viral speech does not really make up for her lack of other qualifications given Biden’s perceived weaknesses. And Rice, though popular in the Obama machine, has some serious shadiness around her in the Obamagate scandal. She is expected to be subpoenaed by Senator Lindsey Graham’s Senate Judiciary Committee.

The way Biden’s team proceeds in this election will say a tremendous amount about how much he needs to win votes in the progressive wing. Demings would actually have a great deal of appeal to moderate Democrats who are not all on board to defund the police. From an electoral perspective, Florida is actually up in the air. California and Massachusetts are not.

This is the problem with trying to build a coalition between college-educated voters and the far left. You will never make them all happy all of the time. Unfortunately for Joe, this may translate to less voter enthusiasm than polls already indicate he has. Which isn’t much.

Rather than tracking Mitt Romney, he could move into Mondale territory.

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AOC blueprint: Leftist challenge to 'old guard' Democrat illustrates fight for party's future

This undated photo, provided by his campaign, shows Jamaal Bowman, a first-time candidate who helped found the Cornerstone Academy of Social Action in 2009, who has picked up endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his race against U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, a 16-term incumbent representing parts of the Bronx and suburban Westchester County. (Photo by Corey Torpie via AP)

By Gabriella Muñoz - The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Rep. Eliot L. Engel’s bruising primary fight to fend off a challenger from the left in New York’s 16th Congressional District has become the latest front in the battle between establishment Democrats and the insurgent wing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The contest next week has Democrats choosing sides, with some top party figures turning on Mr. Engel and the old guard he embodies.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a liberal champion and a contender for the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket, on Tuesday endorsed Mr. Engel’s challenger, former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman.

“He is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress fighting for big, structural change,” Ms. Warren said. “Whether it’s fighting for high-quality public schools, affordable housing or rooting out systemic racism, Jamaal Bowman will be a champion for working people in Washington.”

Mr. Bowman is looking to follow the trail blazed two years ago by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who toppled another longtime Democratic congressman, Joe Crowley, in a nearby district that includes parts of Queens and the Bronx.

Besides the Warren and Ocasio-Cortez endorsements, Mr. Bowman has won the backing of far-left icon Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont and The New York Times.

“There is definitive change going on amongst Democrats,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a national Democratic strategist based in New York City. “This race is ultimately about a battle of what the [party] will be.”

Adam Green, co-founder of the far-left Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said Mr. Bowman’s powerful challenge to a senior member of the House Democratic Caucus was “sending shock waves” and making it “clear to the old guard they need to be in touch.”

“This sends a signal that progressives and voters at large want representation that’s accountable to them,” Mr. Green said.

Mr. Engel, who has served in Congress since 1989 and is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, rallied support among power players on the Democratic leadership team, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Minority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York.

He also collected an endorsement from 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

However, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, a fellow New York Democrat, declined to make an endorsement in the primary race in the district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County.

Mr. Engel has touted his record and influence on Capitol Hill providing for the district, while liberals have leaned hard into portraying the longtime congressman as out of touch and distant.

His reelection bid is one of the top three races targeted by liberal activists. So far, the wing of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has a split record and is looking to New York’s primary to give it a win in two of the three races.

In Texas’ March 3 primary, eight-term incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar beat a challenge from the left by 26-year-old lawyer Jessica Cisneros.

But in Illinois’ March 17 primary, far-left challenger Marie Newman knocked out Rep. Daniel Lipinski, one of the few pro-life Democrats in Congress.

Mr. Bowman, who has said he supports the movement to defund police and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, got a boost recently when Mr. Engel was caught on a hot mic pleading for a speaking slot at a racial justice rally in the Bronx. “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care,” he said.

The moment crystallized Mr. Engel’s image as an aging politician who is out of step with his constituents.

“It was a moment entirely consistent with the core theme of the campaign, which is that Eliot Engel has completely lost touch with his voters and is not accountable to them by the fact that he had happened in a Black Lives Matter rally,” Mr. Green said. “And he’s running against an amazing African-American leader who has publicly told this story of driving while black.”

Mr. Jeffries, who represents a Brooklyn district, defended Mr. Engel.

“Yes, he made an inartful statement, and his words were weaponized against him and taken out of context,” he told the New York Daily News. “But one inartful statement should not wipe out decades of authentic, committed, compassionate on-the-ground service to the community.”

Mr. Sheinkopf said the primary landscape has a lot of moving parts, including the potential for white New Yorkers to become swing voters in the district, which has urban and suburban areas.

There are questions about how Mr. Engel’s ardent support for Israel will play with voters, as the party’s liberal base increasingly sides with Palestinians in their conflict with the Jewish state.

Moreover, nationwide outrage over racial inequality and police brutality, a global pandemic coupled with historic economic hardship, and the necessity of absentee ballots add to the unpredictable nature of the election.

“There’s nothing normal about this election cycle,” Mr. Sheinkopf said. “We have entered into an era where the politics are determined by the activity of the moment.”

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America’s Inner Cities

Until Republicans realize their best hope is to be conservative missionaries to their fellow human beings, we are doomed to watch the country we love fall into the chaos of the Left.

By Angela Kelley • June 17, 2020

What are the real problems in America’s inner cities? Is it all about racism, or could it be a combination of several factors? According to a survey of Chicago parents by the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, poverty, violence, and crime are also some of the biggest concerns in their neighborhoods. Good jobs and capitalism could solve the poverty part of the problem, but if cities make it hard for businesses to come into town or for a local person to start a small business, citizens with little mobility stay poor.

Why wouldn’t these cities want the freest, most business-friendly laws and policies imaginable for their citizens? The answer is often that politicians care very little about their constituents but care deeply about their own power and money. 

High taxes, crony capitalism (meaning favors for politicians and others who have the power to give the “right” companies the contracts), excessive regulations, and a culture of “it’s who you know” combine to crush entrepreneurs and small business owners who are not among those favored by the powers that be.

Remember, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931. In fact, not only is Mayor Lori Lightfoot a Democrat, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, and Governor J.B. Pritzker are all Democrats. When one party is in power for such a long time, dissenting voices are not heard. The interests of the monopoly party trump the needs of the community.

In 2018, the University of Illinois at Chicago found that “Chicago [is] the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois [is] the third-most corrupt state.” Government corruption hurts communities in a variety of ways. Businesses don’t want to come to your city if it is corrupt. Corrupt politicians (many aldermen in Chicago’s case) have faced allegations and convictions of receiving kickbacks and favors for signing certain contracts to the businesses giving them the most goodies. These aldermen have had the power to deny building licenses or business licenses for companies unwilling or unable to pay up to the corrupt politicians. Of course, this hurts the poorest neighborhoods the most. Poor people cannot afford such dirty money dealings even if they wanted to engage in such depravity.

Violence and crime cause further poverty. “It can take years, even decades, for businesses to return to neighborhoods that were burned and looted . . . Having begun to emerge from poverty, these merchants are plunged back into it when criminals demolish overnight what they have worked so hard to build.” Without a strong police presence (and I would say moral change to the community), even if store owners are able to rebuild after devastation, they only risk being looted and burned again.

Poverty is not, as the Left would have us believe, owing to a lack of social safety-net funding. “According to the U.S Department of Energy’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey . . .  Over 99 percent [of those classified below the poverty level] have a refrigerator, television, and stove or oven. Eighty-one percent have a microwave; 75 percent have air conditioning; 67 percent have a second TV; 64 percent have a clothes washer; 38 percent have a personal computer.” In the United States, most poor people (over 80 percent) have cell phones. People are not living in abject poverty as they do in third world countries, where people are starved for the basic necessities of food, clothing, clean water, and housing.

And let’s not ignore the problem of absentee fathers. Psychology Today notes that children without fathers in their home are susceptible to “diminished self-concept and compromised physical and emotional security, behavioral problems, truancy and poor academic performance, delinquency and youth crime, including violent crime, promiscuity, and teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, exploitation and abuse, physical health problems, mental health disorders, life chances, future relationships, [and] mortality.” 

In Illinois, 23 percent of one-parent households are headed by Caucasians. By comparison, 39 percent of Hispanic/Latino households and a whopping 73 percent of African American households are single-parent homes. The numbers are fairly consistent in states with the largest cities. In New York, 64 percent of African-Americans come from single-parent households; in Minnesota, it’s 50 percent; in Pennsylvania, it’s 71 percent; in California, it’s 62 percent, and in Washington, D.C., it is a disturbing 78 percent.

The largest cities in these states have been run by Democrats for years. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti is a Democrat, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra is a Democrat, Secretary of State Alex Padilla is a Democrat, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis is a Democrat, and, of course, GovernorGavin Newsom is a Democrat.

New York City’s far-Left mayor is Bill de Blasio, nominally a Democrat. The state’s attorney general, Letitia James, is a Democrat, as is Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is a Democrat, of course. The last Republican mayor served in 1910. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is a Democrat, as is the chairman of the city council, Phil Mendelson, and chairman pro tempore Kenyan McDuffie. In fact, nine of 11 council members are Democrats and the other two are left-leaning Independents.

In Philadelphia, Mayor James Kenney is a Democrat. The city’s last Republican Mayor served in 1952. Pennsylvania Attorney General is Josh Shapiro, a Democrat. Suffice to say, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and Governor Tom Wolf are all Democrats.

Minneapolis hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1961 (not counting Richard Erdall, who served one day in 1973). Mayor Jacob Frey is a Democrat, as are state Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, and Governor Tim Walz.

Baltimore and Oakland haven’t had Republican mayors since the 1960s. It’s been more than 100 years since Newark, New Jersey had a Republican mayor.

If Democrats have the answers to inner-city struggles, they have been keeping it to themselves.

What are the real solutions to the real problems facing our inner cities today?

Despite all of these Democrats, the number one factor stopping real progress in the inner city is Republicans. If Republicans can’t figure out how to speak to minority voters, it is pointless to discuss alternative solutions. President Trump has been the first “Republican” in years to really talk to minority voters and also work to pass bills that directly affect them. We need others willing to seize that momentum and work to demonstrate that Democrats have done nothing for the inner cities but hurt them. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then that is exactly what being a minority and voting for Democrats is like. Nothing ever gets better for them, but they continue to vote for Democrats. 

Recently, Sean Combs said the “black vote is not going to be for free,” and he should be right! Politicians should be working for the black community as well as all communities if they want our votes. No one should give away his vote without question. All politicians should work a little harder and not assume that they will get our votes just because there is an R or D next to their name.

If Republicans can actually begin having constructive conversations with minorities and inner-city residents, these are just some of the many conservative ideas that can and will help inner cities if implemented:

  • Increase self-sufficiency by requiring work or higher education leading to work for welfare. Welfare should not be a life-long benefit unless people are disabled. Welfare should only be a temporary steppingstone to a better future.
  • Help churches conduct outreach to families with drug or alcohol abuse issues.
  • Finish the border wall on the south and begin one on our northern border to help lessen drug trafficking and gang infiltration. Add more border patrol and Coast Guard for the same reason. Add highly trained policing in the inner cities, and better police import shipments from other countries.
  • Seek out corruption in our governance by demanding transparency of all inner-governmental dealings, especially those involving contracts and money.
  • Incentivize businesses to open by providing tax breaks, lessen regulation where appropriate, and streamline business licenses.
  • Increase policing in heavy crime areas to boost public safety and encourage community involvement. Set up community policing units and neighborhood watches.
  • Encourage families to stay together by allowing poor but intact families tax incentives and access to emergency temporary social services.
  • Fathers must get back in their homes. For more than 50 years, Democrats have downplayed or outright denied the problem of absent fathers in the poorest (specifically black) families. That needs to stop.
  • Encourage the community to respect all lives, especially those unable to speak for themselves. Some 259,366 black Americans are killed by abortion each year, and while half of all pregnancies among black women end in abortion, it is only 16 percent for whites. How does this serve the interests of the black community?
  • Incentivize businesses to employ previously incarcerated men and women to help give them a purpose and realize their dignity.

This list is not all comprehensive. Many other conservative moral voices are needed to turn the inner city experience around, but the leftist, immoral, anti-spiritual, anti-family ideals of the Left have created the decay and blight of today’s poorest communities. 

Until Republicans realize their best hope for the future is to be conservative missionaries to their fellow human beings, we are doomed to watch the country we love fall into the chaos of the Left.

Good luck getting it back.

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A Backlash Against Democratic Control of Cities?

By Tom Bevan - RCP StaffJune 17, 2020

Amid the swirling sea of media coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests taking place all over the country, a few against-the-tide moments have garnered attention. These range from distraught African American women lamenting the looting of their neighborhood stores to young black activists dressing down white vandals dressed in the hooded garb of the antifa movement.

Some, more overtly partisan, commentary has taken direct aim at the prevailing wisdom that the modern Democratic Party is the only choice for minority voters. First, a video  rocketed around social media earlier this week showing an African American female street preacher in Seattle’s CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) explaining to a white woman (presumably a liberal Democrat) why she would never vote for Joe Biden.  

"You want to see a bunch of black people go to jail by the next four years? Put Joe Biden in there. Watch what happens. You want to see black men get killed substantially, like you’ve never seen before? Put Joe Biden in there. Watch what happens. These Democrats, and I’m sorry to say this and I’m not trying to be racist, but they hate black people. These are the same people who fought to keep slavery in. These are the same people who built the ****. The Republican Party is the party of the blacks." 

Bishop Aubrey Shines made a similar argument earlier this week in an op-ed in the Washington Times: 

"The Democratic Party, true to form, never lets a crisis go to waste. It has seized on what should be a time of healing and instead made the conversation more divisive by lecturing us all about how systemic racism is supposedly rampant in the United States. The great irony here is that yes, there’s plenty of systemic racism in our country; it’s all wrapped up in the history of the Democratic Party." 

Shines, who is the founder of Glory to Glory Ministries, also chairs a newly formed group called “Conservative Clergy of Color,” whose mission is to spread the gospel that Democrats have been cynically taking advantage of black voters for years. It’s a minority position within the minority community, to be sure. Yet in the midst of the national upheaval over police brutality and claims of systemic racism, it also highlights the fact that Democrats have been in control of nearly every major urban center in America for decades.  It’s worth looking at a list: 

  • Atlanta has been controlled by Democrats for the past 140 years.
  • Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi’s father and eldest brother, have held the mayor’s office in Baltimore for all but eight of the last 89 years. 
  • In Chicago, Democrats have been in charge of the nation’s third-largest city exclusively since 1931. 
  •  Detroit has been run continuously by Democrats since 1962, including 39 years of stewardship by African-American mayors between 1974 and 2013.
  • In Los Angeles, 13 of the past 15 mayoral terms have been held by Democrats. Their control of the city began in 1961 and was interrupted by Republican Dick Riordan’s two terms from 1993-2001.  
  • Democrats have held control in Philadelphia since 1952. 
  • City Hall in Seattle was, by design, nonpartisan until 1990 when three-term incumbent Charles Royer left the mayor’s office. The year before, Seattle was named one of the “best managed cities in the nation.” Since then, Democrats have run the city exclusively, including through the recent turmoil and the uproar  resulting from the city’s first gay mayor, Ed Murray, resigning after multiple allegations of child sex abuse.  
  • Finally, there is New York, where Rudy Giuliani’s two terms as mayor from 1993-2001 followed by Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year tenure as a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent gives the city some claim to bipartisan management over the last three decades. Even so, Democrats have long had a lock on the City Council and the place was run exclusively by Democrats for the 25 years between 1969 and 1994. For the last six years it has been helmed by Bill de Blasio, one of the most outspoken progressive Democrats in America.   

Whatever problems exist today in America’s major cities, and in their respective police forces, they are not bipartisan in nature. Republicans have been shut out of the governing apparatus of these cities and excluded from any serious discussion of policy solutions for decades. Donald Trump spoke to this paradox during the 2016 campaign, asking black voters, “What the hell do you have to lose?”   

“All [Democrats have] done is take advantage of your vote,” he added. “If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result.”  

Trump’s pitch didn’t produce significant results: He won an estimated 8% of the African American vote, slightly more than Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008, but slightly less than George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. 

Will 2020 be any different? Trump’s primary pitch to black voters has been the undeniable upsurge in jobs and economic growth for African Americans. Those gains have essentially been wiped out by the coronavirus lockdown. But the Trump campaign is pointing to the president’s  criminal justice reforms and his increases in funding for historically black colleges and universities.  

Whether those appeals help Trump make inroads in minority communities or not, the message of the street preacher in Seattle and the Conservative Clergy of Color is that there is a disconnect between the Democratic Party’s rhetoric and how it governs “minority-majority” cities. This is a far bigger issue than one election and ultimately has little to do with Donald Trump. It’s about accountability -- about which of the two major political parties can build a better future for those living in America’s storied, but long-troubled, urban centers.  

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and president of RealClearPolitics and the co-author of "Election 2012: A Time for Choosing." Email: tom@realclearpolitics.com, Twitter: @TomBevanRCP

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Zogby Poll: Majority of Voters Believe Joe Biden in ‘Early Stages of Dementia’

A shocking Zogby Analytics poll found a majority of voters believe presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden is “in the early stages of dementia.”

The survey, released Wednesday, said 55 percent of likely voters think “it was more likely that Vice President Biden is in the early stages of dementia, while 45 percent think it was less likely.”

The poll found 56 percent of independents think “Joe Biden had early-onset dementia.” Seventy-seven percent of Republicans believe so, while nearly a third of Democrats, 32 percent, believe it.

Sixty percent of young voters, those aged 18-24 and 50 percent of 65 or older voters believe Biden is in cognitive decline.

Perhaps the most startling numbers: 71 percent of union voters think it is “more likely” Biden is suffering from the disease, while 61 percent of Hispanic voters think so.

Zogby analyzed:

Truth be told, Biden has not looked that great in his few video appearances, and has yet to really hit the trail with a winning message due to Covid-19. At some point the former vice president will need to be his best if he is going to win over voters, and appeal to important swing voters in order to defeat President Trump. Right now voters have questions concerning Biden’s mental health and stamina, but will it cost him votes in November is undiagnosable at the moment.

There have been numerous examples during the campaign of Biden appearing to demonstrate cognitive decline, including these recent Breitbart News headlines:

h/t The Gateway Pundit

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also host of “The Kyle Olson Show,” syndicated on Michigan radio stations on Saturdays. Listen to segments on YouTube. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

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