But, as Buchanan notes, something bigger is going on here. Crime is spiking in a number of inner cities. Why? A major factor is the Democrats' vehement hostility towards law enforcement and prisons. They are now pushing a soft-on-crime agenda that, not surprisingly, reliably leads to more crime.
For Buchanan, the comparison to the late 60s, when crime and unrest was mushrooming, is natural. As he points out, Ronald Reagan was twice elected Governor of California as the "law and order" candidate. Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968 partly by promising to restore safety and order to America's cities. The "law and order" agenda was immensely popular in America from the late 60s until the 1990s, when tough law enforcement tactics and mass incarceration finally succeeded in turning the tide against the criminals, and crime rates and violence began to abate.
Slowly, though, Americans became complacent, and Democrats became positively brazen -- once again undercutting law enforcement and making excuses for criminals. We're seeing the first fruits of their weakness on crime now, in places like Chicago and Baltimore. We will, however, be seeing much more mayhem in the years ahead, because "progressive" Democrats are tying the hands of police and emptying out the prisons on an industrial scale. Americans are about to experience a crime wave, the scale of which we can only guess at. To be sure, the media will do its best to pretend that this crime wave doesn't exist. It's only a matter of time, however, before Americans become anxious and afraid.
The interesting political question is: will all this happen in time to be a major factor in the 2020 election? That's hard to say. But one thing is certain: American voters have always preferred candidates who take the side of the police, and they rightly disdain candidates who take the side of criminals. In this regard, Trump is on the right side of history.
Ironically, Trump may also have hit on one of the best ways to increase his share of the black vote. Blacks, after all, want and need "public safety" just as much as whites. It is Trump and Republicans who are promising a return to "law and order". For many urban Americans, that will be music to their ears. For Trump, it may even be the key to his re-election.