Why The Republican States Focus On Crime

Barry Gander
10 min readNov 28, 2023

‘Law enforcement’ is a distraction invented in the Republican south

If this is a typical day in America, 65 people will be murdered.

This is undoubtedly a high number. In Canada, the equivalency adjusted for population size would be 20, and Canadians are all upset thinking that it is a high number.

So the Republican politicians pick up their cudgels again and beat the Democrats about “defunding the police”.

Then they will take credit for things like infrastructure improvement and lower insulin prices, which they voted against.

But the real reason the Republican politicians are so fixated on The Law is because they have created an environment that nourishes crime; they see more crime looking out of their windows because they create more crime in their states.

They are in their own Crime Zone.

Republicans have made crime a major selling point over the past several elections. In 2020 and 2022, they ran ads accusing Democratic candidates of wanting to “defund the police.” In October 2022, one-quarter of ads from Republican candidates and PACs focused on crime. Republican-aligned Fox News aired, on average, 141 segments on crime across weekdays in the two months leading up to the midterms. In the week after the midterm, their coverage of violent crime dropped by 50%.

The voters, even in Republican states, did not care. They were focused on the Republican theft of their right to an abortion. But the Republicans would not admit that…because they had their faces pressed against the Crime window. They couldn’t even tell the truth about their Cause; in the 2022 mid-terms Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deceptively edited a quote on police funding from Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke to make it look like he was calling for defunding.

This is typical “Red State” behavior.

The last time Trump ran against Biden, murder rates in Trump-voting states were 40% higher than Biden-voting states. The wide and widening Red State murder gap has spanned the past two decades. In…



Barry Gander

A Canadian from Connecticut: 2 strikes against me! I'm a top writer, looking for the Meaning under the headlines. Follow me on Mastodon @Barry