Does Hard Work for a Given Community Pay Off in the End?


How much does reality matter? Because you look at the four years of my old boss in The White House, president Trump, after if you look at lowest unemployment for blacks and Hispanics since record keeping began, you look at the first step act, the first serious prison Reform Act in years, if not decades, which should give him some credit with this population, but it seems nugatory. Yes, he got more votes, but does hard work for a given community actually pay off the dividends of popularity two or four years later. I would say absolutely, yes. Because failing to do that means you're guaranteed to not ever get any of those votes. You can't get votes from people if you don't show up and talk to them. I'll say this, even what you mentioned with president Trump, all right? If you all were consulting me three or four years ago. It's fine, you didn't. But if you were. Here's what I would say. As somebody who's lived in and around cities, my entire life, I would be more interested in hearing the Trump campaign tout the efforts of operation legend than the first step act. Okay, explain that. So I'm sure as you know in many of your listeners know, operation legend was a joint federal initiative, FBI, DoJ, ATF, that I believe it was a 9 cities, including Chicago, and I believe St. Louis and a number of other cities where, I mean, they were having issues with crime within the cities. It was named after legend, who I think was shot, not intentionally, but was the victim of a drive by shooting. And the purpose of it was to get guns off the street to get violent criminal suspects off the street. And I think over the course of 5, 6 months, there were over 450 homicide arrests. A number of arrests for illegal guns and those types of things that really impact communities on a granular level.

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