A Democrat from Texas was the latest victim of Washington D.C.’s soaring crime. “Representative Henry Cuellar, Democrat of Texas, was held up at gunpoint and his vehicle was stolen in Washington on Monday evening, according to his office. He was not harmed and police later recovered the vehicle.
Mr. Cuellar was parking on Monday at 9:30 p.m. in the Navy Yard neighborhood, about a mile from Capitol Hill, when three armed people approached him and stole his vehicle, said Jacob Hochberg, the congressman’s chief of staff. The Metropolitan Police Department and Capitol Police are investigating the crime,” he told The New York Times.
“Mr. Cuellar’s iPad and iPhone were also stolen, Mr. Hochberg said. He did not say whether the devices had been recovered. The Navy Yard is an area south of the Capitol that is home to the stadium used by the Washington Nationals baseball team. It has been the site of a construction boom over the past decade, revitalizing the area near the Anacostia River.”
Crime has been soaring in the nation’s capital over the past few years. This year alone, the city has already passed the 200-homicide mark last week, the quickest it has hit the 200 milestone since the height of drug violence in the 1990s. Crime among juveniles has particularly soared, especially carjackings similar to the one experienced by Congressman Cuellar.
While victims continue to get carjacked and stores close up shop across the nation’s capital, its leaders have their eye on the real criminals: conservatives.
“The man in charge of prosecuting juvenile offenders, Washington, D.C., Attorney General Brian Schwalb, apparently isn’t bothered by any of this. With all the arrogance of a man certain of his ideological purity, Schwalb is laser-focused on another threat to D.C. residents’ public safety — the longstanding work of Leonard Leo, co-chairman of the board of the Federalist Society,” writes The Washington Examiner.
“After a far-left activist group, Campaign for Accountability, filed a complaint with Schwalb earlier this year, he has opened an investigation into Leo’s management of two nonprofit organizations. The Campaign for Accountability alleges that Leo used his control of the B.H. Group and CRC Advisors to overpay his for-profit consulting firms by millions of dollars. The Campaign for Accountability says this violates Washington, D.C.’s laws against using charities for private benefit.
Abusing nonprofit status to enrich oneself or others is a serious matter. But Schwalb seems uninterested in investigating other suspicious activities in this category, such as the mess of Ibram X. Kendi’s Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. Kendi’s Center for Antiracist Research is in Massachusetts, far outside Schwalb’s jurisdiction in Washington, D.C., but then, so are the nonprofit organizations he accuses Leo of mismanaging. One is in Virginia and the other in Texas, neither of which falls under Schwalb’s authority.
Schwalb spending time and money attacking Leo instead of fighting juvenile crime in D.C. is explicable once you check his past, and Leo’s. Schwalb is a longtime donor to Democratic campaigns, and his old law firm, Venable LLP, has long represented giant far-left dark money groups such as the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Hub Project, and the New Venture Fund. The Federalist Society and Leo in particular deserve much of the credit — and blame from the Left — for getting three excellent justices nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court, where their constitutional originalism is a gnawing irritant to the Left, which wants unbridled power.”
Washington, D.C. has come to exemplify what happens when a city gives the left “unbridled power.” Over the past few years, as leaders cowered before leftwing activists, the city has become more dangerous than ever due to crime and they only thing they have to say is to blame Republicans in a city that votes 95 percent Democrat.
In June of 2020, BLM protesters painted “defund the police” in large yellow letters Saturday on 16th Street N.W. in Washington, two blocks north of the White House.
In response, D.C. lawmakers acquiesced and “advanced measures to cut $15 million from the police department budget, a change that defund-the-police activists dismissed as insufficient and the police chief warned could result in the loss of hundreds of officers.
The D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety unanimously approved a plan to reduce the $533 million police budget proposed by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) by cutting vacant positions and rejecting an expansion of the police cadet program. The committee also voted to cut the department’s capital budget and reallocate funds to alternative violence-reduction programs.
Lawmakers were responding to widespread demonstrations against police brutality in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. In recent days, the committee received more than 18,000 comments via email and video that overwhelmingly favored shrinking funding for police,” according to The Washington Post.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 3, 2023
Three years and hundreds of murders later, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is holding a press conference begging for help, saying that the city has a difficult time hiring police officers.
This is not the first time that Mayor Bowser has gotten bitten by liberal policies. Last summer, she declared an emergency and requested help from the National Guard after the governors of Texas and Arizona sent busloads of migrants crossing the border to her so-called “sanctuary cities.” She claimed that accepting more migrants would put her city at a “tipping point.”