District voters support Biden and Democrats at nearly 90 percent. However, their Democratic support didn’t galvanize an effort to stop Republicans and a majority-white Congress from infringing their right to self-govern and enact a smart, fair, and modern criminal code.
This week, Congress will block DC’s plan to modernize its criminal code. President Biden indicated he would not veto the measure, citing a notion that carjackings would skyrocket and its perpetrators would avoid sufficient punishment. Many have debunked the notion, driven largely by racialized fears.
The development would represent the latest example of Democrats running scared of smart public safety policy, supported by most Americans, whenever Republicans employ racism as a political strategy. With few exceptions, DC Beltway’s political coverage has largely omitted the attitudes of the DC voters most affected by the law. They overwhelmingly support the Revised Criminal Code Act (RCCA) and its provisions. See the report here.