During a debate last week between candidates for governor in New York, incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul was pushed by her Republican challenger, Rep. Lee Zeldin, about soaring crime.
“I don’t know why that’s so important to you,” Hochul said dismissively.
Bad answer. Very bad answer.
Democrats have long taken the black vote for granted — promising everything, delivering nothing — but the 2022 midterm election is a very different animal. This time around, blacks are furious about skyrocketing crime to the point where some are abandoning the Democratic Party.
Over eight in ten of black Democrats say violent crime is a “very important” issue in the 2022 election, according to a recent Pew survey of registered voters. That compares to just 33% of white Democrats. “Black Americans have consistently been more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to express concern about violent crime, and that remains the case this year,” the pollsters said.
In the last midterm elections in 2018, Democrats crushed Republicans among black voters. They won 92% of the black vote to just 6% for the GOP. But things are changing this time around. “Now 40% of Hispanics and 21% of Blacks are backing the Republican candidate,” according to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll.
Those numbers are huge — black support is up 15 points from 6% in the last midterms to 21%, and Hispanic support jumped 15 points to 40%.
Even The New York Times sees the writing on the wall.
“Mr. Zeldin could win because independents are siding with Republicans on crime and inflation rather than with Democrats, whose concerns over protecting democracy take precedence,” former Clinton adviser Mark Penn wrote in an opinion column for the Times this week.
Hochul’s response at the debate shows just how out of touch Democrats are. And in an interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC she dismissed the issue once again. “These are master manipulators,” she said of Republicans. “They have this conspiracy going all across America trying to convince people in Democratic states that they’re not as safe. Well guess what? They’re also not only election deniers, they’re data deniers.”
Meanwhile, Democrats have misplayed their cards with Hispanics, too. The party has endlessly pushed transgender issues and drag shows in schools, but that’s a no-go for the huge voting bloc.
“A majority of Hispanic voters oppose drag queen performances for children and teachers promoting gender ideology in schools, according to a new WPA Intelligence-Visto Media poll obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller,” the news outlet reported.
Opponents told the pollsters they find it “inappropriate” for teachers to push gender identity and sexual orientation with school children as young as 6, the polling data found. And 57% of Hispanics believe it’s also “inappropriate” to teach gender ideology to kids.
“Sixty-one percent of Hispanics believe it’s inappropriate for ‘drag queens to perform in front of children under 10 years old,’” according to the poll. Just 24% believe that drag queen performances for children are appropriate,” the Caller reported.
Other polls have found the predominantly Christian black and Hispanic blocs are not supportive of the gay and transgender issues being pushed by Democrats. And they’re not at all happy about the defund the police and no-bail practices spouted by liberals — mainly because in the cities, they’re the most affected by the policies.
But along with abortion, the death of democracy, and lies about Republicans planning to strip away Social Security, those are the issues Democrats have decided to focus on in Campaign ’22.
They’re about to find out that was a colossal mistake.
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.