Billionaire George Soros, who’s funneled millions to district-attorney candidates that promise to keep criminals out of prison, writes in The Wall Street Journal that his efforts are “popular.” Oh, really? Then why did he need a column to defend them?
In fact, Soros’ whole rationale for his pro-criminal agenda is based on the mirror-opposite of reality. Starting with his patently ridiculous claim that he’s “concerned about crime.”
Look at the organizations he funds: They’re not anti-crime or law-enforcement groups but ones like the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability, which (as The Post reported) got $3 million and aids advocates who “address the harm of policing.”
Got that? He sees policing as something harmful that needs to be addressed. Some “concern” for crime.
Indeed, anyone even remotely familiar with Soros’ funding knows his aim is not crime-prevention but consequence-prevention for criminals, especially via donations to DA wannabes devoted to “decarceration.” That’s what makes his next claim, that the system is “rife with injustices” because too many people are sent to jail, so outrageous.
How exactly is it unjust to put lawbreakers (especially dangerous ones) behind bars? Letting them go free is the gross injustice, as any victim will tell you. It also encourages more crime, by signaling that lawbreakers pay no price for their actions.
Soros cites “injustice” because, he says, blacks are “five times as likely to be sent to jail” as whites. Yet he ignores the fact that blacks also are suspects at far higher rates: In New York last year, they made up less than 22% of the population but accounted for 64% of murder suspects, per NYPD data. Whites, with 32% of the population, were just 5% of suspects.
At the same time, 67% of murder victims were black, 24% Hispanic and just 6% white. Going soft on perps (of any race) ensures blacks suffer the most “injustice.”
More: Soros claims his “goal is not defunding the police,” yet he’d shift funds away from them and toward youth-job programs and “education behind bars.” Then again, if perps never get put behind bars, what good would prison education do them?
Another Soros “goal”: “restoring trust between the police and the policed.” Again, polls have shown minorities want as much, if not more, policing, and with real consequences. Defunding police and failing to lock up perps only erodes trust.
And here’s a real doozy: He asserts “no connection” between “reform-minded prosecutors” and the surge in crime rates. Well, he helped install Kim Foxx in Chicago and Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, and both towns have seen historic crime spikes. Just coincidence?
Soros does admit that “scholars” have tied the nation’s crime surge, in part, to “a pullback in policing” in the wake of the George Floyd protests and “increases in gun trafficking.” Yet the very groups he supports have been part of that anti-police, pro-criminal movement. Oh, and maybe there wouldn’t have been such a spike in gun-trafficking if the DAs he funds would lock up the traffickers. Anyway, it’s a little late to start blaming the Floyd riots.
Most galling: his threat to continue backing pro-perp DA candidates, arguing that his funding lets them make their case to the public, and that “judging by the results, the public likes what it’s hearing.”
Likes it? San Francisco just booted its “reform-minded” DA Chesa Boudin. Los Angeles is on the verge of doing the same to Soros-backed DA George Gascón. In New York, gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Lee Zeldin is gaining support by vowing to fire Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, another Soros fave.
Forget Soros’ nonsense. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) had the more accurate take: “Everywhere Soros-backed prosecutors go, crime follows,” he told The Post. “The only good Soros prosecutor is a defeated Soros prosecutor.”