Democrat lawmakers are reportedly outraged that the White House has ‘left them out to dry’ after President Biden’s Twitter insinuated he would sign a Republican resolution that would block a recent soft-on-crime law in Washington, D.C. The resolution wasn’t only backed by the GOP but was advocated for by many local Democrats and moderates in Congress. Biden’s tweet highlighted soaring crime in the district and appeared to say he would be willing to go along with the GOP resolution. His apparent 180 has left many Democrats feeling as though they got the cold shoulder. One Democrat lawmaker lashed out via text, saying, “F****** AMATEUR HOUR. HEADS SHOULD ROLL OVER AT THE WHITE HOUSE OVER THIS.” As the 2024 election cycle ramps up, strategists are guessing that the president’s decision to go against his own party may signal a new strategy for his campaign as the president eyes his 2024 prospects.
BREITBART: Report — ‘F*cking AMATEUR HOUR’: Some Democrats Furious Joe Biden Says He Will Sign GOP Proposal Overturning D.C. Soft on Crime Law
By Wendell Husebo; March 3, 2023
Some Democrats are reportedly furious President Joe Biden would sign congressional Republicans’ resolution to terminate the controversial Washington, DC, soft-on-crime law if the Senate passes it in coming weeks.
“The White House f***** this up royally,” one House Democrat told the Hill via text message, claiming the White House had previously promised to veto the resolution.
After meeting Thursday with Democrats on Capitol Hill, Biden’s Twitter account indicated he would sign the resolution to block a D.C. law that reduces punishments for criminals.
Biden’s promise to sign is at odds with many in his party as the 2024 election cycle ramps up.
The district’s criminal law, which reduces punishments for a variety of serious criminal offenses, was enacted by D.C.’s city council that overrode the mayor’s veto while crime soared at the beginning of 2023.
“So a lot of us who are allies voted no in order to support what the White House wanted. And now we are being hung out to dry,” the Democrat lawmaker added. “F****** AMATEUR HOUR. HEADS SHOULD ROLL OVER AT THE WHITE HOUSE OVER THIS.”
In Biden’s tweet he mentioned the District’s soaring carjacking. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, 94 carjackings occurred in the District in 2023. Homicides have dramatically increased (25 percent), along with theft from auto (21 percent), theft (16 percent), and arson (300 percent).
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) also expressed her frustration with Biden, suggesting the high crime rate is the reason he promised to veto the bill.
“Today has been a sad day for D.C. home rule and D.C. residents’ right to self-governance,” she said. “[B]ut with the nationwide increase in crime, most senators do not want to be seen as supporting criminal justice reform.”
Holmes Norton added the resolution “would empower the paternalistic, anti-democratic Republican opposition to the principle of local control over local affairs.”
Not all Democrats oppose the resolution, and many local Democrats have spoken against the District’s law.
Former District Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of the Hill East neighborhood for eight years, K. Denise Rucker Krepp, requested Congress support the resolution. Krepp, a Democrat and former political appointee in the Obama administration, told Breitbart News she opposed the District’s law because it “enables the early release of convicted rapists.”
“As an advocate for sexual assault victims and as a locally elected D.C. official I asked Congress to disapprove the bill,” she said. “I’m grateful to Rep. Clyde, Senator Hagerty, and President Biden for stopping the DC bill from going into effect. Rapists must serve their full prison sentence.”
The Democrat Party debate over the soft-on-crime law comes as the Republican’s resolution will likely receive a Senate floor vote in the next few weeks. So far, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) supports the resolution, leaving Republicans one vote short to pass the resolution with a simple majority.