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GOP Rep. Steve Scalise argues D.C.’s crime rate should disqualify it from statehood

In a memo obtained by Forbes on Wednesday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) laid out why he believes Washington. D.C., should not become a state.

One of the reasons he used to back his argument is the city’s crime rate, including a rising number of annual murders and carjackings. The local government “has failed to provide for the safety and well-being of its citizens,” Scalise wrote. “Why should the District of Columbia be granted statehood when it can’t even perform basic government duties like protecting governments from criminals?”

In a memo on DC statehood, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise argues against it based on DC’s crime rate, claiming the district “can’t perform basic governmental duties like protecting its residents from criminals” pic.twitter.com/vwWPkGnV4Q

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) April 21, 2021

Scalise’s choice to focus on crime may not have registered quite how he hoped, instead prompting observers to point out that Louisiana, his home state, has long reported the nation’s highest murder rate, while New Orleans, parts of which Scalise represents, has also seen an uptick in crime.

I take no position on D.C. statehood. But by this measure, why should New Orleans residents, some of whom are Scalise’s constituents, have the rights of statehood? https://t.co/8YRcc5OqnR pic.twitter.com/flDXjcZ7qY

— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) April 21, 2021

Source: GOP Rep. Steve Scalise argues D.C.’s crime rate should disqualify it from statehood

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