Rubio Hooey Over Policing and Crime



Heather McDonald, a scholar with The Manhattan Institute, has a piece up at city journal in which she starts off with two quotes and then asks which comes from a Democrat and which comes from a Republican.

1.”The law too often feels like it’s being applied in a discriminatory fashion . . . communities of color aren’t just making these problems up . . . these are real issues. And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down.” [Nov. 2014]

2.“So I also know that in this country, there is a significant number, particularly of young African-American males, who feel as if they’re treated differently than the rest of society. And here’s the bottom line, whether you agree with them or not, I happen to have seen this happen.” [Feb. 2016]

The first is Barack Obama telling the world that the law is systemically prejudicial against minorities.

The second comes from Marco Rubio.

Obama made his statement in relation to Ferguson and Rubio made his at a town hall Wednesday when he was asked how he would “address the issue of racism” as manifested in the massacre at a predominantly black Charleston church in June 2015.

As with Barack Obama, Rubio began his left-handed compliment by saying most police are great people who put their lives on the line. He then dove into the story of an acquaintance—a “police officer and a young African-American male”—who has told Rubio that he has been pulled over “seven, eight times in the last four years and never gets a ticket.” “What is he supposed to think?” Rubio asked twice.

In an August interview on Fox News’ Kelly Files, he related the story but with different details: “I have one friend in particular who’s been stopped in the last 18 months eight to nine different times. Never got a ticket for being stopped — just stopped.”

In his first version, Rubio left out the fact that the friend was a police officer, though that affiliation would seem key. On Wednesday night, Rubio claimed that the friend “gets pulled over for no reason, never gets a ticket, no one has any explanation for why he’s being pulled over,” McDonald quoted Rubio.

Maybe he got special consideration because he’s black and he’s a police officer. That would be the logical conclusion. It doesn’t sound like a race issue in this case.

The far-left publication Vox said that Rubio is teaching Republicans how to respond to Black Lives Matter. “…in a largely unnoticed appearance on Fox News’s The Kelly File in August…Sen. Marco Rubio gave a surprisingly strong response to the issues raised by Black Lives Matter that showed he not only views racial disparities in the criminal justice system as a real issue, but actually understands the roots of the problem.

Heather MacDonald wrote, it is not “helpful to the cause of honesty regarding policing and race when a leading Republican candidate for the presidency fails to dispel the myth that we have a policing problem—rather than a crime problem—in the United States.”