Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani came after left-wing billionaire George Soros after he wrote an opinion article for the Wall Street Journal in which he defended his decision to back progressive DA’s in spite of a spike in crime.
“I have been involved in efforts to reform the criminal-justice system for the more than 30 years I have been a philanthropist … Yet our system is rife with injustices that make us all less safe,” Soros wrote for the Wall Street Journal on July 31.
Soros continued, “in recent years, reform-minded prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials around the country have been coalescing around an agenda that promises to be more effective and just.”
“This agenda includes prioritizing the resources of the criminal justice system to protect people against violent crime. It urges that we treat drug addiction as a disease, not a crime. And it seeks to end the criminalization of poverty and mental illness,” he claimed.
Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor who would go on to build his reputation as a tough-on-crime mayor, said that Soros is a primary reason for the recent U.S.-wide spike in homicides and violent crimes. A May report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the homicide rate via firearms spiked in 2020 to the highest levels in 25 years, saying the rate increased 35% to about 6.1 per 100,000 people.
“If there is one single person responsible for the record increases in murder and violence in America’s cities it’s George Soros,” Giuliani wrote in a Monday Twitter post. “Major contributor to BLM, Antifa, Democrat Party, Biden, Harris and 40 or so pro Criminal DAs. The blood is on his hands,” he said.
Some of the Soros-backed prosecutors and district attorneys include Los Angeles County DA George Gascon, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, and St. Louis circuit attorney Kim Gardner. Soros also provided funding to now-ousted San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin, although Soros has distanced himself from Boudin, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Additionally, Gascon is up for recall as well, with over 715,000 signatures on the petition to recall him. This far surpasses the 566,000 signatures required to recall him.
Prosecutors backed by Soros oversee jurisdictions in which 20 percent of Americans live. Meanwhile, 40 percent of U.S. homicides in 2021 occurred in those places, according to the pro-police Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund.
“Most of these prosecutors pursue radical justice policies upon assuming office including eliminating bail, dismissing felony cases, and seeking lenient sentences while creating antagonistic relationships with their public safety partners, especially the police,” the group wrote in June.
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