Newt Gingrich’s Foxnews.com op-ed opens with a sobering statistic. It starts by saying “Americans oppose defunding police by 72% to 26%, according to Pew Research Center. Let that fact sink in as you watch what Democratic leaders and the propaganda media are promoting across the country.”

The statistic isn’t surprising. A majority of people from all races, religions, ethnicities and incomes prefer safety over chaos. What’s surprising is that a major political party thinks that they can win a presidential election while supporting the defunding or outright dismantling of police departments. Rush Limbaugh used to say that (I hope I get this right) “liberalism isn’t a political philosophy. It’s a mental disorder.” But I digress. Let’s return to Speaker Gingrich’s op-ed.

Unlike some Democratic politicians, the American people know that getting rid of police creates a vacuum, which predators will fill. This is exactly what is happening with the growing disaster in Minneapolis. In fact, the trouble in Minneapolis is a case study on the results of the radical Democratic policy of protecting criminals, hating police and endangering law-abiding citizens, which I write about in my new book Trump and the American Future.

The leftwing Democrats who dominate the Minneapolis government have been crippling and starving the police department. Unfortunately for most Minneapolis citizens, criminals are beginning to understand what a happy hunting ground the Democrats are creating for them.

I’ve heard stories that up to 20% of buildings along Lake Street, the busiest street in the Twin Cities, are up for sale. East Lake Street runs from 35W to St. Paul, which makes it one of the longer streets in Minneapolis. When that many stores are up for sale, that’s a red flag that something is seriously wrong. This is frightening:

Gunfire incidents were up 224% in June and 166% in July, according to the Star-Tribune. Armed robberies and car-jackings are also on the rise, with 100 robberies and 20 car-jackings reported in the city’s South Side in July alone. As the police shrink the criminals grow.

This isn’t rocket science:

Yes, Ben Shapiro is a smart guy. It didn’t take a Ben Shapiro-sized intellect to figure out that Minneapolis’s plan to dismantle their police department would end in calamity. Let’s return to the Pew Research findings, then compare them with this polling:

It isn’t a stretch to think that Minneapolis is going to hell in a handbasket when you consider how their city is run by idiots compared with the people successfully running smaller cities in the Midwest and nationwide. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check this out:

Libor Janey of the Star-Tribune reported on Aug. 1 that “Minneapolis police are down at least 100 officers since the killing of George Floyd, more than 10% of the force, straining department resources amid a wave of violence and adding extra urgency to the political debate over its future.” Janey then wrote that the force could be down by one-third by the end of the year.

Already, only six officers are patrolling the 14.5-square-mile third precinct. That means there is less than one policeman for every two miles. This may help explain the third precinct’s letter to innocent citizens urging them to obey the criminals, and give up their wallets, keys and cell phones.

This isn’t a disaster waiting to happen. It’s a disaster that’s happening. The saddest thing is that these Democrats are too proud to admit that they’re wrong.

3 Responses to “Newt Gingrich: Democrats surrender Minneapolis to criminals”

  • Gretchen L Leisen says:

    “These Democrats’ obviously refers also to those who continue to vote the the idiots in leadership positions. I do not accuse ‘most Democrats’ of being for chaos and anarchy, but I do accuse most of their voters of being obtuse and uncaring enough to become educated about the facts.

  • eric z says:

    Does this elevation of his public presence signify Gingrich is looking to 2024? You, Gary, Gretchen, and other readers would have a better sense than I would of a likelihood either way. If he is, what base of donor and rank and file support is he strongest with? Or is the question premature?

  • Rex Newman says:

    I hope Mr. Newt continues this role. I remember how poorly he did as House Speaker in 1995, easy guy finessed by President Clinton. He’s read all the books, he knows what to do but he just isn’t a leader. And very few of us are.

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