Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly chastised local leaders in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for recent significant increases in crime and also blasted new legislation passed by the city council which would further reduce penalties for wrongdoing.
Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell cited the recent increase in violence in major American cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and his birthplace of Louisville, Kentucky.
McConnell also spoke about what he called a recent crime wave in D.C., referring to it as a “free for all” and noting the rise in the city’s homicide rate and recent carjackings that have been reported in the city.
A crime wave which has included a recent incident in which Capitol Police officers arrested two 18-year-olds who were tied to a number of armed vehicle thefts in a neighboring county.
“Streets, neighborhoods, and cities across our country are being swamped by a level of crime that is unsafe, uncivilized and unacceptable. My hometown of Louisville, Ky., saw 10 homicides in just the first 10 days of 2023, and already five more since then.” McConnell said during the speech.
“Yet the D.C. City Council here is so completely captured by the woke far left, they have responded to this crime wave with a new criminal code that reduces penalties even further!” He continued.
“Last week, the Council overrode the mayor’s veto and pushed through a measure that shreds the maximum punishment for gun crimes. It eliminates almost all mandatory minimum sentences. It will clog up the court system with massive expansions of new jury trials for misdemeanors.” He added.
The bill will reportedly take effect in 2025