A few new developments – the relaxed COVID restrictions in blue states, criticism of Cancel Culture, some distancing from President Joe Biden on the left, and roughly 30 Democrats in Congress calling it quits – indicate liberals sense the nation’s mood, and that it is not hospitable toward them.
Thus, here comes the “chief.”
Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando has started to trumpet her former job as her city’s former police chief in her bid to unseat GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.
As the Miami Herald reported, Demings is “making the conscious choice to use her old title rather than her current one” when she introduces herself to voters throughout Florida.
“In campaign materials and at events, the third-term Democrat bills herself as ‘Chief Demings,’ an intentional decision to highlight her status as Orlando’s first female police chief above her current role as the city’s congressional representative,” the Herald noted.
The Orlando Democrat’s apparently cynical ploy would be to distance herself from the pro-criminal policies of her party – to include support for “defunding” the police, ending qualified immunity, and the election of far-left, soft-on-crime district attorneys who allow thugs to run rampant in many big cities.
Yet as the Herald noted, Demings was not always so proud of her final destination in a law enforcement career that spanned nearly three decades.
In July 2020, when Demings was on the shortlist to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, The New York Times noted that she erased references to her former life.
In the spring of 2020, “before the protests began but after impeachment hearings [of former President Donald Trump] increased her profile, Ms. Demings updated her campaign website. Her logo previously read ‘Chief Val Demings for Congress.’ Now it says ‘Val Demings for Congress.’”
Demings was apparently satisfied to keep it that way after the George Floyd protests and riots erupted.
The move is not lost on other law enforcement officials.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, one of 55 county sheriffs in Florida to endorse Rubio, said in a statement that it was “disturbing that Demings would pick and choose the times she adopts the title of ‘Chief’ based on when it’s politically helpful for her and not when it comes to standing up for law enforcement.”
Demings, however, has other problems in a state where Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time in its 177-year history.
According to FiveThiryEight.com, she votes with Biden 100 percent of the time, and carries an A-plus rating from pro-abortion groups.
On the other hand she gets a failing grade from the National Rifle Association and had served as one of the House managers during Trump’s first impeachment trial.
In an op-ed last March she referred to the Jan. 6, 2021, rioters as “white nationalist insurrectionists,” even as in January 2022, an analysis by Foreign Policy magazine of the more than 700 people arrested by the FBI for rushing the Capitol found 86 percent had no affiliation to alleged “extremist” groups, like the Oath Keepers, and more than half came from counties Biden had won.
On the other hand, Demings seemed to defend Black Lives Matter. She criticized white Republicans who “wear their racism, sexism, and prejudice as a badge of honor,” and call BLM “activists ‘terrorists’ while ignoring social ills in Black communities. They proudly use racial slurs like ‘kung flu’ and use demeaning language against LGBTQ Americans.”