WaPo, NYT and CNN point to Democrats lacking ‘effective message on crime’ after San Francisco recall


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The New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post pointed out in their reporting that Democrats lacked an “effective message on crime” following the recall of Chesa Boudin, a progressive district attorney, in San Francisco.

CNN reported Wednesday in an article titled “California Voters Sending a Clear Message to Democrats on Crime and Homelessness” that California voters want their leaders to focus on how to tackle rising crime.

“For months now, the headwinds facing Democrats nationwide as they struggle to find an effective message on crime and inflation have emerged in races across California, where Democrats hold currently all state offices and dominate the congressional delegation,” CNN wrote.

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The outlet noted low turnout in California and other states, indicating Democrats are struggling to energize their base.

CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times highlighted on Wednesday that crime was at the forefront of the California election as voters sent Democrats “a clear message.”
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In addition to Boudin’s recall, Republican-turned-Democrat billionaire Rick Caurso is set to face Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, in the Los Angeles mayoral race in November. Caruso’s campaign focused on law and order.

The New York Times published an article titled “California Sends Democrats and Nation a Message on Crime” after several West Coast elections determined that crime, law and order and the crisis of the sans -shelter were on the ballot.

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The New York Times reported that Boudin said in 2019, when he was chosen to be district attorney, that “the tough-on-crime policies and rhetoric of the 1990s and early 2000s were on the verge of to disappear”.

The San Francisco District Attorney was recalled on Tuesday as the Californians delivered a "message" to the Democratic Party regarding their response to rising crime.

The San Francisco District Attorney was recalled on Tuesday as Californians delivered a “message” to the Democratic Party regarding their response to rising crime.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“Instead, he is,” the outlet wrote.

The outlet reported that Tuesday’s election shows “how much the political winds have shifted” since the 2020 killing of George Floyd. The reporter, Shane Goldmacher, noted that calls to “defund the police” have become “politically toxic”.

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The outlet also notes the growing tension between the progressive left and the San Francisco police officers.

“SF DA Recalled, Caruso of Los Angeles Advances as Democrats Tested on Crime,” read a Washington Post headline.

The outlet wrote that crime and homelessness issues took center stage and signaled “an uphill battle” for Democrats in the midterm elections.

Crime and homelessness took center stage in several California elections on Tuesday, signaling that Democrats are struggling to get messages across on crime.

Crime and homelessness took center stage in several California elections on Tuesday, signaling that Democrats are struggling to get messages across on crime.
(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“Leaders like Boudin have been on the defensive, as Republicans point to pressure from some activists to ‘defund the police,’ and Democrats, including Biden, attempt to recalibrate their party’s image,” the Washington wrote. Post.

George Gascón, another progressive Los Angeles prosecutor, could also face a recall election.

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Sixty-one percent of voters decided to recall Boudin on Tuesday, compared to 39% who wanted him to stay.


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