NBC's McGhee Oddly Claims Reduced Crime Not Tied to Locking Up Criminals

December 8th, 2018 3:01 PM

Appearing as a panel member on Saturday's Up with David Gura on MSNBC, NBC contributor and frequent Meet the Press panelist Heather McGhee gave signs of being far inside the liberal bubble when she lamented that Attorney General nominee Bill Barr has a history of wanting to lock up more criminals as she claimed that currently "the entire country is very excited" about reducing the number of prison inmates.

She also asserted that pro-life opposition to Roe vs Wade is "far outside of the mainstream" even though polling suggests significant restrictions on abortion are supported by most Americans.



At 9:43 a.m. Eastern, as the group discussed Barr, McGhee fretted:

He says that Roe vs Wade is wrongly decided. He thinks that the most fundamental right in a woman's life -- the right to choose what do do with her body and decided when and how to parent -- should be left up to state legislatures and not be a constitutonal right. That is far outside of the mainstream.

She soon added:

And then he also is someone who wrote a memo in the '90s saying why we need to incarcerate more, right? This is a moment when the entire country is very excited about the possibility of criminal justice reform where this country -- the United States that incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.

A bit later, she oddly suggested that putting more criminals in prison in the 1990s did not play a role in the drop in crime that happened that decade. McGhee: "If you really look at his positions on criminal justice reform, they were wrong. They're dead wrong about the relationship between incarceration and the drop in crime."

She did not elaborate on where she got the idea that putting criminals in prison somehow does not reduce the number of crimes they commit.