Two dozen Democrats now running to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 have some growing obstacles to overcome, including the continued failure of liberal Chicago authorities to solve that city’s mayhem problem, and an economy that is steadily improving, for which the president is getting high marks.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune, “at least 42 people were shot, seven fatally.” The newspaper keeps a running count on the fatalities, but their number of non-fatal shootings seems to be in slight dispute, as the local ABC affiliate reported Tuesday that “at least 39 people were shot.”
But, when you’re talking about that level of carnage, what’s a couple of shootings, more or less? The fact that the Chicago Police put an additional 1,200 officers on the streets did not seem to have an impact, which seems to underscore the theory that criminals are going to commit crimes despite whatever obstacles are put in their way.
So far, no Democrat candidate has approached the subject of violent crime that way, but they all have offered some level of gun control as part of their campaigns. The problem they face heading into 2020 is that increasing numbers of Americans are concluding that gun control as Democrats have been pushing it for several generations has been an abject failure.
It’s not honest citizens gunning one another down on Chicago streets. So, it would appear that all the gun restrictions imposed upon law-abiding Illinois residents due to the problems in the Windy City haven’t kept guns out of the wrong hands, as they were invariably promised to accomplish.
Take a look at Chicago’s body count and ask voters around the country if they want their communities to look like that.
While the bloodshed continues in Chicago, a new CBS News poll has revealed that most Americans remain confident about the economy. According to CBS, “seven in 10 Americans say the economy is in good shape, including a quarter who say it is very good.”
And an Op-Ed in the New York Times has three different models showing how President Trump will win re-election next year, according to Fox News. One model shows the president’s vote coming in as high as 56 percent.
Meanwhile, many Democrats, including defeated 2016 candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, have suggested that it’s time to scrap the Electoral College. But a new Rasmussen survey shows increasing opposition to that proposal while support has declined 10 percentage points since November 2012.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has asserted that Trump “inherited” the good economy from Barack Obama and himself, although that contention may not pass the political smell test.
“Americans increasingly give the president credit for the economy,” CBS News reported. “Forty-one percent of those who say the economy is good say Mr. Trump’s policies are mostly responsible, up from 32% at the beginning of 2018.
Republicans believe that more than Democrats, CBS added.
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