Most people predicted that Democrats would gain seats in 2020 and given the state of the political climate, that prediction made sense. The media was endlessly trying to pin the COVID-19 pandemic on Trump, and a mountain of lies about Trump’s COVID-19 response likely had some impact.
But something else happened too. The death of George Floyd sparked nationwide outrage that quite often manifested itself as violent riots and looting. While the mainstream media tried to paint the protests as peaceful, it was hard to ignore the images of burning buildings and violence or the dozens of businesses destroyed or people killed in the name of George Floyd. The response from the left took many forms, and while protesters often chanted “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black lives matter” they also carried signs that read “Defund the police” and spewed rhetoric about an allegedly racist society, rotten to the core, that needed to be wiped out.
Republicans knew that this radical anti-police agenda was harmful to our society, and routinely called out the Democratic Party for supporting the “Defund the Police” movement, which was now synonymous with Black Lives Matter.
And it worked. Republicans gained seats in the House when they were expected to lose seats. And the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is continuing that messaging in order to retake the House in 2022. According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the NRCC has “released a new slate of ads targeting Democratic Reps. Cindy Axne of Iowa, Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, Jared Golden of Maine, and Ron Kind of Wisconsin,” and those ads are accusing those Democrat incumbents of “failing to stand up to their party’s efforts to defund the police.”