Every American city—even in the heart of Texas—would become just like Portland, Minneapolis, and Seattle if Joe Biden wins the presidential election.

In Minneapolis, rioters burned down a police station after feckless politicians ordered officers to abandon it. In Seattle, anarchists took over an entire downtown neighborhood, establishing a lawless “autonomous zone” that was only shut down by city officials after numerous shootings. In Portland, rioters have provoked nightly clashes with police officers for two straight months.

The “Unity Platform” that the Biden campaign devised in consultation with democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders calls on Americans to “reimagine policing,” echoing the language used by “Defund the Police” activists. Biden himself directly endorsed one of the movement’s stated objectives when he exclaimed that he would “absolutely” support “redirecting” funding away from law enforcement.

To understand what’s at stake, consider some of the policies that are already being put in place in states and cities where Democrats hold power.

New York City, for instance, impulsively disbanded the plainclothes anti-crime unit of the New York Police Department, one of its most effective crime-prevention tools. The city has since experienced a sharp increase in homicides and shootings, which more than doubled year-over-year from the 2019 shooting statistics.

Texans have long enjoyed the luxury of looking upon the self-inflicted problems afflicting blue states and Democrat-run cities from a distance, secure in the knowledge that we had our own affairs in order. If the policies that created such messes elsewhere are implemented at the federal level, however, there may well be little that we can do to maintain order.

The riots that gripped the nation in recent weeks have already spread to cities like Austin and Dallas, where local officials are cravenly bowing to the demands of the mob.

The Austin City Council is adopting drastic changes to policing practices and calling for budget cuts to local law enforcement. Calls for defunding the police forces have also gained traction in Dallas. If we don’t elect leaders who will stand up to the madness right now, other cities across the state could soon follow suit.

President Trump stands in the way of these efforts to tear down the rule of law, calling out the radicals by name and vowing to defend America’s history and values from any and every foe. He clearly knows what’s at stake, as he demonstrated in his Independence Day address to the nation from the base of Mount Rushmore.

“For the sake of our honor, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our union, we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes,” the president declared. “Here tonight, before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago, that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen.”

A Biden presidency, on the other hand, would paralyze the forces tasked with upholding law and order across the nation, condemning innocent Americans to fear, insecurity, and physical danger.

The best way to keep Texas communities safe is to keep Joe Biden out of the White House.

This is a commentary republished with the author’s permission. If you wish to submit a commentary to Texas Scorecard, please submit your article to submission@texasscorecard.com.

Katrina Pierson

Katrina Pierson is a senior adviser for Donald J. Trump for President Inc.

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