GOP Ramps Up Misleading Attack on Democrats’ Policing Policy

As rising murder rates gain attention in American cities, Republicans have ramped up a misleading campaign to cast Democrats as anti-police and lax on public safety.

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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020 photo, Baltimore Police Academy cadets listen to an instructor during an on the field class session learning to direct traffic, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Baltimore. As rising murder rates gain attention in U.S. cities, Republicans have ramped up misleading attacks by casting Democrats as anti-police. It's a message they believe helped them stave off greater Democratic gains and one with renewed potency particularly in cities that cut police department budgets amid calls to overhaul policing last year. It's not clear whether the GOP strategy, with roots back to President Nixon's law-and-order message, will be a success for a party that has little support in American cities. But Republicans hope to stem their decline in suburbs with by attacking Democrats' on domestic safety. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Minnesota Republican Tyler Kistner announced his candidacy for the U.S. House in April, he asked voters to ponder two questions: “What America will we leave for our children?” and “Will they be taught to hate their police?” Across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District aired a digital ad this spring to demand that their Democratic congressman “stand up to attacks on law enforcement.” And…

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