Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace questioned Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards over liberalism’s impact on Baltimore over the past half-century following the riots after the death of Freddie Gray.
“A lot of people, frankly conservatives, have pointed out that Baltimore has not had a Republican mayor in 50 years,” Wallace told Edwards. “Is it unfair to say that liberal policies have failed Baltimore?”
Edwards, who is running for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat, pushed back, saying the blame has been “unevenly spread.”
“No, I think it’s been unevenly spread,” Edwards said. “For example, with our schools — just prior to the Freddie Gray incident, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was actually prevailing upon our Republican governor to release money for school funding.”
Wallace played devil’s advocate, telling Edwards it’s “not a matter of money,” adding that Baltimore spends the third highest amount per capita on public schools.
“Baltimore was already spending plenty for public schools and the schools were still lousy,” he said.
“Well, there’s uneven spending in the public schools,” Edwards told Wallace. “We have a lot of questions to ask, and they’re not questions that are only for Republicans, they’re questions for Democrats and Republicans about where we’re going to make investments in our communities, so that the only investment that we make isn’t on the backend in law enforcement.”