Karine Jean-Pierre claims it’s “not a yes or no question” about whether US cities are safe

As Republicans sharpen their message on crime ahead of the midterms, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre develops a unique response to the question of whether US cities are safe.

On Sunday, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged that the midterm crime-fighting issue was “a major pain point for Democrats.”

During a news conference Monday, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked, “Does President Biden think America’s big cities are safe?”

“Can you say more?” asked Jean-Pierre.

Doocy alluded to a story published by The New York Times reported thefts and robberies increased by around 20% in the first half of 2022. He also noted that several high-profile Americans had been robbed victims.


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“These are high-profile people, so regular Americans who aren’t in the public eye should feel safe?” he asked.

Jean-Pierre replied: “I say that, the same story also says that the crime is complicated and multifaceted. Look, this is a president who has secured historic funding to ensure law enforcement has what it needs.”

The spokesman referred to part of the The Story of Time which read: “Crime is complicated and multifaceted. Much of the public discussion and reporting about crime focuses on what the police and criminal justice system can do. But while law enforcement can play an important role in reducing crime, there are often deeper issues that police can’t address – like Covid, social discord and inflation.”

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Do you think that’s a yes or no question?

However, Doocy again asked if the President believes big cities are safe.

“It’s not a yes or no question. It’s very much a question of what he did. That’s how we see the question,” replied Jean-Pierre.

She added: “What matters is that we have the funding and have done the work, pushed policies forward to ensure these cities – big or small – have what they need to keep their communities safe . And that President did.”

If that’s the message Democrats want to move ahead before the midterms, good luck to them.


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When Americans see stories of increasing crime and criminal incidents on their home street, they don’t think, “You know, this is a really complicated and multifaceted situation, and it’s hard to say whether this is a safe city or not. I know Covid is really behind the rise in crime and at least Biden has been funding the police departments.”

For most Americans, whether or not cities are safe is a yes or no question. They won’t care what you say, which is causing crime rates to rise. And if the response from the White House is simply, “We gave the police departments money to protect you, you’re welcome, America,” voters aren’t going to get it.

It doesn’t matter if Democrats think local governments are failing their communities. When voters feel the government is sitting back and not doing enough to stop crime and protect life and property — one of the most basic descriptions of government work — Democrats will be punished in November.

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