Vox News co-founder Ezra Klein sounded the alarm about a threat to “the broader liberal project” from the spike in violent crime across America, saying that a voter backlash could help former President Donald Trump win re-election in 2024.
Klein posted his concerns in a tweet thread citing several examples where Democrats were facing challenges to re-election because of the rise in violent crime.
“Violent crime is spiking. Homicides in cities were up by 25-40 percent in 2020, the largest single-year increase since 1960. And 2021 isn’t looking any better,” Klein tweeted.
Violent crime is spiking. Homicides in cities were up by 25-40 percent in 2020, the largest single-year increase si… https://t.co/D6plbpgyGl
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“This is a crisis on its own terms. But it’s also a crisis for the broader liberal project in two downstream ways,” he added.
“First, violent crimes supercharges inequality. Families who can flee, do. Business close or never open. Banks won’t make loans. Property values plummet. Children are traumatized, with lifelong impacts on stress and cognition,” Klein continued.
“Second, fear of violence undermines liberal politics. Just look at America post-9/11. Or after the crime surges of the 70s and 80s and 90s — strongmen politicians win, punitive responses like mass incarceration and warrior policing rise, social trust collapses,” he added.
Klein posted several examples of Democrats facing political hurdles over an increase in crime and then concluded the backlash could help Trump win back the Oval Office in 2024, should he run again.
“The politics of this could really tip, and not just in cities — if these numbers keep getting worse, then as with Nixon and Reagan in the 70s and 80s, it could bring “law and order” conservatives (including Trump) back to power in 2024,” he added.
Many on the left agreed with Klein’s warning while others criticized him for tacitly blaming the ‘Defund the Police” effort by progressives.