Rep. Jordan, Sen. Hawley Say Crime Is the Issue for the Midterms

Susan Jones | September 9, 2022 | 8:53am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Sixty days out from the midterm elections, crime is moving "front and center" as an issue for voters, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox News on Thursday.

Likewise, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), in a separate interview, accused the Biden Justice Department of ignoring the current crime spree, targeting political opponents instead.

"But I really think crime is going to be this issue that's now going to move front and center," Jordan told Laura Ingraham:

“Think about just the past couple weeks, we've had -- Eliza Fletcher gets murdered when she goes out for a run in her own neighborhood. There's a county in Maryland now that's imposed a curfew because crime is so bad. There was a Washington Redskins football player who was shot when he was simply going out for dinner. That all happened in the last couple of weeks.

"And what were Joe Biden and the Democrats up to? Joe Biden was raiding the home of the president of the United States. They were taking the phone of a sitting member of Congress. They were calling half the country fascists and extremists, and then he signed legislation that is going to unleash...87,000 IRS agents to come harass we, the people.

"That's what they've been up to while they've been passing these policies that are leading to the record crime we see in every major urban area in this country. So the American people, they can say what they want in the big press and the media, but the American people get the facts and they're going to show up in a big way, I believe, in 61 days."

President Biden doesn't discuss crime except to call for a ban on "assault" weapons, as he did Thursday night while speaking to a Democrat National Committee gathering near Washington.

"I am determined to ban assault weapons," Biden said. "I did it before, and we will do it again."

He says nothing about soft-on-crime prosecutors and Democrat policies (cashless bail, reduced charges, sentencing limits, early prison release) that are exacerbating the crisis. (Biden's "Safer America" plan includes more money to hire more police and establish "accountable community policing"; a "fairer criminal justice system"; "reform of laws that increase incarceration without redressing public safety"; and gun control.)

"What we're seeing is an administration that cares nothing about the rule of law," Sen. Hawley told Sean Hannity:

"They only care about abusing it. The only time they're interested in law enforcement is when they can use it against their political opponents, especially Donald Trump or anybody who supported Donald Trump.

"And what we're seeing is an effort by this president to use law enforcement -- to abuse law enforcement -- to try to criminalize basically the political opposition, which is half the country. And it is unprecedented in our history, Sean, and it is extremely, extremely dangerous.

"In the meantime, you got people like this killer in Memphis. We're seeing shooting sprees, we're seeing murders, we're seeing carjackings all across the country -- all across the country. The Biden DOJ won't lift a finger to do anything about the crime spree that is hurting and killing Americans, but they've got all the time in the world to target their political opponents."

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