Clark County Sheriff and Republican Nevada gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo appeared on Sirius XM Breitbart News Saturday and detailed how his general election opponent, Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-NV), was “the number one funder of the police.”
May 2020 saw the death of George Floyd and the violent riots that followed throughout the summer as the radical left waged war on law enforcement, calling on local and state governments to ‘defund the police’ . By speaking with Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle, Lombardo noted that Sisolak led the charge on handcuffed law enforcement long before the summer of 2020, when he was chairman of the Clark County Commission.
“Several years before that, we started a tax initiative in Southern Nevada, actually, it started at the … legislative level,” which was “proposed by Sheriff Bill Young that we would fund the police through the general fund through to the sales tax money, the revenue generated. And they only approved part of that and they said, “Come back over time, because whatever is needed for additional approval.” So they approved that at the legislative level and then it comes down to local self-government where the local county commission – where Steve Sisolak was the county chairman – they decide if this is going to be implemented in the respective jurisdiction… So this vote goes before the county commission to enact the sales tax and steve sisolak as chairman orchestrated a no vote on it twice and because of that we weren’t able to hire people or police officers themselves to include or increase the number of s from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which made it more difficult to perform our job. And so you can see by proxy or de facto, that he was the first funder of the police, showing a lack of support, even though it was a voter-approved initiative. It was voted for by the citizens of the state of Nevada, yet it was stopped by the chairman of the county commission, who was actually Steve Sisolak.
Lombardo pointed out that as Sisolak rose through the political ranks to governor, his war on law enforcement continued as he signed multiple bills that resulted in “an environment of chaos,” which resulted in a “double-digit” increase in crime.
“So the Democrat-controlled Legislature introduced several laws that prevented us from doing our job as police officers and creating an environment of chaos in the State of Nevada…where it was willy-nilly the free will of criminals to commit the acts that they intended to commit,” Lombardo told Boyle. “And what I mean by that, they impeded our ability to make arrests under misdemeanor arrests, there were a lot of threshold changes from felonies to misdemeanors, there were a lot of guidelines in sentencing adjusted to diminish liability when crimes have been committed. So, at every level, it has made it very difficult for us to do our job and provide that security blanket to the communities. And you say, ‘How did he make it harder for us?’ Well, it’s the governor, and there was no prior conversation with the legislature to stop this law and this legislation from moving forward and discussing with the legislators. And finally, when these laws were passed by the prosecution and presented to the governor to be implemented, his veto pen was lost and no one could find his veto pen. He failed to push back against these ill-conceived laws, and as a result – like what we see across the country, because it’s Democratic rhetoric or Democratic playbook – we all suffer.
Lombardo later detailed what materialized as a result of the heinous left-wing policies that allowed criminals to run wild.
“It’s frustrating to see when [law enforcement officers] make an arrest – it’s the proverbial circular door or the dog’s tail wagging. The crook is back on the street before the cop can get back in his car. The usual criminal law that’s been affected as a result of these bad policies, and what I would say to you is the proverbial three shots that you’ve come out of that people are used to hearing about over the last few years, which went to five strikes you’re out and seven strikes you’re out. And it is always at the discretion of a judge if they want to implement this improvement. It’s frustrating when a police officer comes out, and you see a violent crime has been committed, and we take the suspect into custody, and then you look at his criminal record, and he’s a 14-time ex-criminal and you see that he was arrested probably a few days before the current incident, and he’s walking the streets.
The Clark County Sheriff highlighted the relationship between narcotics and crime, noting that drugs cause the vast majority of crime and that leftist policies exacerbate problems with drug offenses.
“In my opinion and through my experience as a law enforcement official, 90% of all crimes have a narcotics basis. Either they are trying to sell narcotics to fill their wallets or they are trying to steal goods to feed their habit or to buy narcotics to spare to fill their wallet. There is a connection in this fact apart from the emotional crimes which have a direct connection with narcotics, so what does the legislator do? “Well, mitigate the crimes associated with drug trafficking.” That’s the most frustrating part of what we do in this business… We’re treading water; we’re barely keeping our heads above water trying to secure or dodge to provide quality of life to local communities, our citizens and our families.
Lombardo was on a panel with the Republican U.S. Senate nominee, the former Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt at an event hosted by former President Donald Trump at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The panel focused on law and order, and one thing everyone on the panel agreed on was that Democrats were trying to close in on law enforcement for political gain ahead of the election in mid-term.
“All panel members expressed their opinion on the same issue: the fact that Democrats are clinging to law enforcement for support in this election cycle when they pushed it back the previous two years, now they seek their support because they see the error of their ways. It’s very frustrating,” Lombardo said near the start of the interview.
As America First candidates win nominations at home across the country, Lombardo pointed out that the policy “the paradigm changes because people are frustrated and angry.
“I hope that myself and Adam Laxalt are the two candidates who will bring about change here in the state of Nevada,” he added. “And it’s not because of a party, it’s because it’s the way to business. We need to change this groupthink, this paradigm, this tunnel vision, the inability to see the other side of the coin and have this discussion that the US government was based on. We need to change this paradigm, or if we don’t, the state of Nevada will continue to go in the wrong direction and all of this ability to diversify the economy to succeed in the future is not going to happen because people are going to say, ‘Hey, it’s not safe in the state of Nevada. Their policies and regulations are poorly designed. It’s not a good environment for business. Either way, we’re going to fly over the state of Nevada and put our roots somewhere else that’s more beneficial to our family, our business, and our way of life. And we have to change that for us to be successful here and I anticipate that will happen in this cycle.