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America’s Top 20 Cities for Crime, and What Party Runs Them

CrimeAnnoyed that Senate Democrats are blocking a police reform bill, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the 20 U.S. cities with the highest crime rates are all run by Democrats.

“The Senate Republicans want very much to pass a bill on police reform,” Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “I would like to see it happen. We won’t sacrifice. We won’t do that. We won’t do anything that is going to hurt our police.”

The president added:

We have a record positive rating on crime, a record positive rating on crime this year. The best. You hear about certain places like Chicago and you hear about what’s going on in Detroit and other cities, all Democrat-run. Every one of them is Democrat-run. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous are Democrat-run.

A quick fact check shows that Trump is at least mostly correct. One ranking says the top 20 most dangerous cities are run by 18 Democrat mayors and two mayors who were elected in nonpartisan races.

According to the website Neighborhood Scout, which in January published a list of the 100 most dangerous cities in America, heavily Democrat Detroit tops the list. At No. 20 is Chester, Pennsylvania, also with a Democrat mayor.

Trump went on to refer to the so-called autonomous zone in central Seattle, where extremists have taken over six city blocks.

“We have one city, two cities in particular, worse than Honduras, worse than Afghanistan. These are cities within the United States, Democrat-run. Radical left-run. You see what’s going on in Seattle. Seattle of all places, who would even think that’s possible,” he said, adding:

The Democrats want to weaken very substantially our law enforcement, our police. Frankly, they want to defund [police departments], at least largely. Some want to defund and abolish our police. If nothing happens with [police reform], it’s one of those things. We had different philosophies. They want open borders. They want sanctuary cities. We don’t.

Here is the Neighborhood Scout ranking of the most crime-ridden cities and their mayors.

1. Detroit

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 20.0

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 50

Mayor: Michael Edward Duggan, Democrat

2. Memphis, Tennessee

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.5

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 51

Mayor: Jim Strickland, Democrat

3. Birmingham, Alabama

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.3

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 52

Mayor: Randall Woodfin, Democrat

4. Baltimore

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.5

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 54

Mayor: Jack Young, Democrat

5. Flint, Michigan

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.3

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 55

Mayor: Karen Weaver, Democrat

6. St. Louis 

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.2

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 55

Mayor: Lyda Krewson, Democrat

7. Danville, Illinois

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.0

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 55

Mayor: Ricky Williams Jr. (nonpartisan election)

8. Saginaw, Michigan

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.7

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 60

Mayor: Floyd Kloc (nonpartisan election)

9. Wilmington, Delaware 

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.3

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 61

Mayor: Mike Purzycki, Democrat

10. Camden, New Jersey

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.2

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 62

Mayor: Francisco Moran, Democrat

11. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.0

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 62

Mayor: Shirley Washington, Democrat

12. Kansas City, Missouri

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.9

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 63

Mayor: Quinton Lucas, Democrat

13. San Bernardino, California

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 65

Mayor: John Valdivia, Democrat

14. Alexandria, Louisiana 

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.6

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 68

Mayor: Jacques Roy, Democrat

15. Little Rock, Arkansas 

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.6

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 68

Mayor: Frank Scott Jr., Democrat

16. Cleveland

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.5

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 69

Mayor: Frank Jackson, Democrat

17. Milwaukee 

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.3

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 70

Mayor: Tom Barrett, Democrat

18. Stockton, California 

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.2

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 70

Mayor: Michael Tubbs, Democrat

19. Monroe, Louisiana

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.1

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 71

Mayor: James Earl Mayo, Democrat

20. Chester, Pennsylvania

Violent crime rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.0

Odds of being a victim: 1 in 71

Mayor: Thaddeus Kirkland, Democrat

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Signal by - Fred Lucas

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4 months ago

Looks like we not only need to reelect President Trump, but we must increase the conservative majority in the Senate to 60, enough to override a filibuster. Oh yea, we also need to take back the majority in the House if we want this stuff fixed.

R.J. from Arizona
4 months ago

So why do people keep electing dems?

4 months ago

When I was teaching ROTC I asked high school students why they would vote for a particular candidate. The resounding answer is, “Because he gives us stuff. Like phones.”

4 months ago

Where the heck is Chicago, Seattle, LA,Portland in this list? I guess I question the validity of this research.

Stephen Russell
4 months ago

2 are in CA, all else are East Coast.
Little crime in Stockton CA vs other cities & all Dem run
Fruits of Indoc in looters seen.
Thank the Dems for this mess day 1 & over 30 years.
Laid seeds in 50s.
Bearing fruit Today & we lose.
CUT Fed funding to NYC for making BLM banner near NYC Trump Tower

4 months ago

This was the main Pillar of Obama’s platform, fundamentally change The United States. Those are his exact words

Wayne Peterkin
4 months ago

The saddest part of this is that the voters in those cities will keep electing the same disgraceful people and failed policies because they are simply too dumb to do otherwise. They vote for empty promises of benefits they don’t have to earn and that never happen.

4 months ago

Wish this could be published in our news paper. Our paper has improved but still sways to the Democratic side.
We need to stop these idiots from destroying our country, stop taking down the statues. This shows that history needs to be a required subject in our schools.

4 months ago

Why is Chicago not listed? They have anywhere from 3 to 7 killings per weekend. Kids sitting in their houses get shot. And Chicago is supposed to be a fun free zone. Police are being emasculated by the mayor. At least something good happened. Police can stay in schools, which is a relief for parents.

4 months ago

So there you go, the failed democrats with their crime,fiscal disasters,sanctuary cities and support of anti-American groups!

Richard Strawhorn
4 months ago

I would like to see what percent of the population in the listed cities is non white.

Brenda Blunt
4 months ago

Perhaps there should be no federal funding for these cities until they get their stuff together.

Patriot Will
4 months ago

It’s very sad to see how the dysfunctional Democrats are given a pass on high expectations concerning honesty and effective government. The Republicans need to become much clearer and passionate. Even though the press is mainly a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, the Republicans could immensely help their cause by becoming better public speakers.

David Sigwart
4 months ago

This shows us what? Answer numerous morons allowed to vote. We should have and easier procedure to kick these clowns out of office. But it shows the apathy that exists in this country. Apathy has destroyed better countries than this one. Look at Rome, Athens,Great Britain. Now because we have combined lazines with apathy here we are. God I only wish I would die before the collapse. We continue with appeasing minorities and small groups. We must like they third world libing standard. God bless america because its people sure haven’t.

Art A
4 months ago

Thanks for a partial list of places I won’t be going to for vacation.

4 months ago

I wonder how many of those cities have city councils that are Dem-controlled and have a congressman that is a Dem as well?

4 months ago

It is all about power and control.If one is dependent on the Democrats, then they own you. You will get all kind of benefits that they think you should have. If you are not educated and realize the long term affect, you will buy into their message and then decisions will be made for you.

Robin W Boyd
4 months ago

While naïve liberals with mostly good intentions believe hateful Progressive manipulations of facts, the truth is the truth and the truth is that the worst run cities in the U.S. are run by Progressive Democrats. Too many believe in fake utopian promises.

David Spade
4 months ago

I was not surprised that Danville, IL was on the list. I was told by several people eight years ago that the federal government, in an attempt to ease the issues in Chicago, sent many families to Danville. The number of transferees just overwhelmed the city and county in terms of costs to provide school, hospital, and welfare services to the new residents. So whatever problems were occurring in Chicago are now huge issues for a smaller town in downstate Illinois. It is a travesty….and now the folks in Danville have to bear the burden of illogical Democratic bumbling.

4 months ago

No surprises here. Fox news reported that over the father’s day weekend in Chicago there were 104 shootings and out of the 104 there were 14 fatalities. The city of Kansas City Missouri is now wanting to fire their chief of police because of the rapid increase in shootings since the city opened back up from the Corona virus shutdown. During the shutdown there was a 21% decrease in homicides and the police department was taking credit for the decrease because of supposedly new policing methods implemented by the police chief. If you have eye’s read this…DEMOCRATS DON’T HAVE A… Read more »

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