President Joe Biden probably lost a few Democrat friends in Washington D.C. this week after he made a shocking move against a D.C. crime bill that would have lowered penalties for certain criminal offenses.
According to the Daily Caller, Biden signed into law a Republican-led bill that overrides the capital city's “Council’s Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022," which would have let city judge's go much softer on criminals like carjackers and robbers.
Congress has the ultimate authority to override Washington D.C. legislation.
The president had previously expressed his support for “D.C. Statehood and home-rule," but vowed to crush the soft-on-crime bill.
When pressed on the president's somewhat surprising actions of siding with Republicans on the resolution, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president is "putting the safety of the people of D.C. first."
Thank goodness, because D.C. which used to be a lovely place to live and visit, is now a crime-ridden den of nastiness. Giving criminals a chance to commit additional crimes without much in the way of fear of consequence would have only added to the ongoing disaster.
Biden's decision to approve the resolution was widely celebrated across social media.
"'No longer will Washington be soft on crime.' — @SpeakerMcCarthy 'Dangerous' is the only word to describe the crime bill the D.C. City Council fought so hard for. As a result of the bipartisan opposition to the D.C. Crime Bill, Congress took unprecedented action to reject…" the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) tweeted.
“No longer will Washington be soft on crime.” — @SpeakerMcCarthy
“Dangerous” is the only word to describe the crime bill the D.C. City Council fought so hard for.
As a result of the bipartisan opposition to the D.C. Crime Bill, Congress took unprecedented action to reject… pic.twitter.com/p9ZtS6chwf
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) March 10, 2023
The DC added: "The law was vetoed by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, but the council then overrode the veto by a vote of 12-1."
In what might have been her only wise act as her time as mayor of the nation's capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) had originally vetoed the bill but was overridden by the woke, pro-crime Washington D.C. City Council.
At the time, Bowser said she decided to veto the bill based on feedback from the community.
"Over the past several months, residents and partners in the public safety and criminal justice community expressed concerns about some provisions in the updated code, including lower penalties for certain crimes," a statement from the mayor's office read.
Now if only current prosecutors would do their jobs and prosecute crimes, the capital city could have a shot at making some progress.