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Voters Have Little Patience For The Mayor’s ‘Performative Gestures’ In DC

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Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., has faced controversy over various issues during her tenure.

This includes her stance on the use of excess funds for SNAP, her veto of a city crime bill, housing immigrants in quarantine hotels, and the allocation of funds for the “Black Lives Matter” plaza.

These controversies have drawn criticism from various groups and sparked debates over her decisions and priorities. (Trending: Trump Announces Heartbreaking Melania-Related Health Update)

“Should we advance a nine-month benefit that goes away? Or should we work on something that’s more sustainable for more people? That’s the question I put to the council,” wrote Bowser.

“I support modernizing and standardizing the District’s criminal code. However, given the broad scope of legislation, and remaining divisions of the criminal justice community, I urge the Council to take more time to consider it, a sentiment I have heard echoed in the community,” she continued.

“A complete overhaul of our city’s criminal code is a once-a-century opportunity. I believe it is more important to get this opportunity right than to add policies and weaken penalties into what should be a bill that makes D.C. safer. As elected officials, it is our duty to ensure our criminal justice system is fair and functional. Enacting this legislation without listening to our criminal justice partners or our judicial branch fails to uphold that duty,” wrote the mayor.

Zack Smith, a crime and justice expert at the Heritage Foundation, said, “It’s insulting on multiple fronts.”

“If the city council and the mayor’s office are serious about combating violent crime, protecting the lives hopefully of all citizens, but particularly black lives, then they would pour more money into public safety — particularly putting more police officers on the street,” he explained.

“Instead, it seems like the city is prioritizing performative gestures that really don’t have an impact on combating violent crime,” said Smith.

Which sends a “message that violent crime will be tolerated in the city,” added Smith.

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