WATCH: Michael Steele Takes Lindsey Graham to Task Over His Crime Stat Lies

Republicans constantly talk about crime rates in American cities. And high crime rates, they argue, are a result of Liberal policies.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attends the fourth day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

Lindsey Graham attempted to make an argument along these lines during a recent appearance on Sean Hannity’s show. Crime rates, the South Carolina argue, are down in red states because of the lack of gun restrictions.

When talking about crime in San Francisco, Graham told the Fox host, “If you do this crap in South Carolina, you’ll be lucky if you go to jail. You’ll be lucky if someone doesn’t shoot you … we’ve lost deterrence.”

Former RNC Chair Michael Steele posted a clip of the Graham segment. He captioned the post, “Umm Senator perhaps you should speak with your State Law Enforcement Division before jawboning about South Carolina shooting people as a deterrence to violent crime: The murder rate went up around 25% in 2020; aggravated assault went up around 9% in 2020.”

The Huffington Post also notes, “Graham also attacked California in his Fox News interview, even though CDC statistics showed that South Carolina had more than double the homicide rate and nearly three times the firearm injury death rate per 100,000 people. According to FBI data compiled by US News, South Carolina even had some of the highest rates in the nation of property crime and violent crime.”


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