Friday on HBO’s Real Time, CNN Political Contributor Paul Begala stated that in response to the crime surge afflicting America (which Democrats have enabled and encouraged) he wants “a Democrat to stand up and say, you know, some people belong in jail” and that it’s those whom Democrats “supposedly care about who are victims of crime here.”
Begala responded, “They need to get out in front of it. They need to — I want a Democrat to stand up and say, you know, some people belong in jail. … And by the way — and it’s not the 10-year-old girl in Indiana who got raped and needed to have an abortion to save her life. That’s who they want to put in jail on the other side.”
What a grotesque smear of pro-life conservatives. No one wants to send a 10-year-old girl to jail. Maher should have blasted Begala for that, but Maher reserves his put-downs for Christians.
Begala went on to try to claim that most criminals are Trump supporters: “Democrats, first off, they do have a story to tell. Bakersfield, CA, hometown of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), voted for Trump, Republican mayor, much higher murder rate than Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) San Francisco, why aren’t Democrats talking about that? If this — Third Way is a think tank, they did a study, even if you take the cities out, the seven states with the highest murder rate, all Trump states. The 25 states that went for Trump have a 40% higher murder rate than the states that went for Biden. In other words, the crime problem is in rural America too and it’s in suburban America…”
Begala concluded, “For Democrats and my fellow liberals, it’s the people we supposedly care about who are victims of crime here. Elon Musk is not going to get his stupid Tesla carjacked, right? It’s poor people, it’s working people, they’re the victims of crime. And by the way, if you look at all of the polling and the voting, it’s those folks who are voting for more security, more safety, more and better cops, and it’s the white liberals who want to defund the police. It’s not actually the heart of the Democratic Party.”
At least Begala is right about the people most likely to suffer from crime wanting more police security, not the defunding or elimination of police departments. But like Maher, even a broken clock is right twice a day.