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MSNBC Claims GOP Made Up Rising Crime Stats After Cities Set Record Homicide Rates

'Republicans have invested a lot of time and money into priming the country to believe that Democrats have heralded in a new era of lawlessness and only the GOP’s mass incarceration plans can keep people safe...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Crime is on the rise across the nation, a matter which has turned into a turnkey issue for the upcoming midterm elections.

A new Gallup poll has 56% of adults reporting an increase in crime where they live, while 78% believe that crime has risen across the country.

According to the Daily Wire, more Republicans reported an increase in crime, while Democrats were unchanged in their perceptions.

Republicans are currently leading Democrats by 14% on the issue of crime in terms of voter trust, including a 34% lead among independents.

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The current campaign has allowed for otherwise weaker Republicans to come out of the woodwork and take the lead against Democratic incumbents in deep-blue territories.

Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin may overtake New York’s Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul as public safety and homelessness, particularly in New York City, become an increasing concern.

MSNBC opinion columnist Hayes Brown does not believe that many cities—particularly those run by Democrats—are facing increased crime and lawlessness and instead published an analysis on the poll suggesting that Republicans are painting a poor picture of Democrat leaders through scare tactics.

According to Brown, the poll has a “disconnect between the perception of increased crime in an area and whether that purported increase can be accurately measured.”

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He also claimed that this is a Republican effort to “frame cities as liberal-created hellscapes.”

“This is an only slightly less dangerous version of former President Donald Trump’s election denialism cycle in 2020: Say that there’s a problem without real evidence, then use the fact that people think there is a problem as proof that a problem exists,” Hayes wrote.

“Republicans have invested a lot of time and money into priming the country to believe that Democrats have heralded in a new era of lawlessness and only the GOP’s mass incarceration plans can keep people safe. Gallup’s poll shows Republicans are getting a very solid return on that investment.”

In the last couple of years, many cities such as New Orleans, Detroit, Albuquerque and Colorado Springs have seen massive increases in their homicide rate per capita.

Twelve major, Democrat-run cities set new homicide records in the last year.

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