Middle schoolers were robbed of their shoes on school grounds last Friday in Washington, DC.
Auto thefts are so out-of-control that the police are handing out the low-tech steering wheel locks from the 1990s called The Club.
On the day of the House vote to block DC’s new soft-on-crime criminal code, Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted in her apartment building elevator — by a man who pled guilty to assaulting police officers just two months earlier but was out on the streets anyway. Ms. Craig was literally mugged by reality.
Craig was one of the 31 Democrats who voted with all House Republicans on the bill that now heads to the Senate, where it will need support from two Democrats to reach the president’s desk (or possibly only one, if Fetterman is still hospitalized or if there is some other attendance issue).
The crime proposal may be one of the first tough votes this Congress for Senate Democrats — who control the Senate but cannot stop the disapproval resolution.
Several Democrats said they were not ready to comment on the crime proposal, including Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Angus King (I-Maine) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.). Manchin, Kelly, King and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) did not co-sponsor a bill to grant D.C. statehood last Congress.
Democrats are likely torn between their party’s DC Statehood orthodoxy and the safety of their families, friends and staff given the wave of lawlessness in the nation’s capital.