Progressive data analyst David Shor issued a warning about the efficacy of riots. He says that one issue will haunt the Democrats for the next ten years.
The Democrats tried to spin the riots by calling them “peaceful protests”, but that American voters will not be fooled.
BLM riots caused over $1 billion dollars in damages and over 700 law enforcement officers were injured. 91% of all riots involved BLM. That’s a whole lot of spinning.
John Sexton at HotAir has more on this phenomenon:
Post-MLK-assasination race riots reduced Democratic vote share in surrounding counties by 2%, which was enough to tip the 1968 election to Nixon. Non-violent protests *increase* Dem vote, mainly by encouraging warm elite discourse and media coverage. https://t.co/S8VZSuaz3G. pic.twitter.com/VRUwnRFuVW
— (((David Shor))) (@davidshor) May 28, 2020
The research wasn’t his own. He was merely acting as a messenger. But at that particular moment in time, Shor became the enemy for a lot of outraged people. He was accused of being a racist. He apologized but the company that had employed him decided to side with the mob calling for his head and fired him.
Today, Ezra Klein published a piece about Shor’s work since then. Getting canceled ultimately worked out really well for him. He gained a reputation as a data analyst who wasn’t willing to soften his message into something the client might want to hear. He founded his own company called Blue Rose Research where he’s been building an electoral simulation designed to predict what is likely to happen over the next decade in American politics. And once again, he has a message for Democrats that they are not going to like.
There is also some very bad news for Democrats arising from the riots. Besides the property damage, it gave birth to the Defund the Police movement. Downtown Portland has become a ghost town with people reluctant to enter that part of town anymore. And, since cities started to actually defund the police, the murder rate has shot up 33%, the largest one-year increase in 100 years.
And even those cities that now see defunding the police as a mistake, find that no one wants to take a job with them anymore.
It could become worse as we enter the new phase of tyranny in this country as vaccination mandates lead to either the resignation or the firing of many police officers. People understand when the streets are no longer safe and no amount of spin can change that.