On crime, Nancy Pelosi is as clueless as ever
San Francisco Mayor London Breed may have figured out why crime is surging in her City by the Bay, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi still has no clue.
The community she represents has descended into what she herself describes as “lawlessness,” but Pelosi either has no idea or cannot bring herself to admit the reasons.
Last week, Breed held a conference at San Francisco City Hall where she announced a new “emergency police intervention” for the city’s violent Tenderloin neighborhood.
“It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end,” Breed said. “And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement. More aggressive with the changes in our policies and less tolerant of the bulls*** that has destroyed our city.”
San Francisco absolutely has been destroyed by its leaders’ weak-on-crime policies. Murders are near an all-time high. Hundreds of cars are broken into every week. Residents have turned their homes into fortresses. Gangs of thieves conduct large-scale smash-and-grab operations on the city’s most upscale stores. Human poop is everywhere, as illegal immigrant drug dealers have been given free rein to set up open-air drug markets where barely conscious, homeless addicts can get their fix before stumbling stoned back to their tents, which have taken over virtually every public space in the city.
Until last week, the city’s policy was not only to tolerate this mayhem but encourage it. Not only does San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin routinely release repeat offenders and violent criminals without filing charges, but the city actively thwarts federal enforcement of the country’s immigration laws, and it provides homeless people with money and needles to help fuel their addiction.
No wonder the city is in shambles!
But Pelosi has no clue why any of this is happening. Thousands of miles away from San Francisco City Hall at the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi was asked to respond to Breed’s call for “more aggressive” law enforcement.
“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Pelosi said. “Obviously, it cannot continue. But the fact is that there is an attitude of lawlessness in our country that springs from I don’t know where,” Pelosi continued.
We know where. It comes from your party’s weak-on-crime policies, Madame Speaker.
Breed herself is also partly to blame. At the height of the Black Lives Matter riots, Breed announced she was cutting the San Francisco Police Department’s budget by $120 million and directing that money to social programs for what few black residents San Francisco still has left.
Breed has not admitted her “defund the police” policy was a mistake, but her announcement last week included new “emergency funding” for the police. Put San Francisco down as one of many cities whose response to the “defund the police” crime wave has been to “refund the police.”
But far more work needs to be done. Of the 17 drug dealers arrested as part of the SFPD’s “emergency police intervention,” 14 of them had been arrested and then released by the city. It doesn’t matter how many officers you have or how well-funded they are — if you don’t have a district attorney willing to prosecute criminals and put them behind bars, then your city is going to continue to be a lawless hell hole.
San Francisco does not currently have a district attorney committed to convicting criminals and putting them behind bars. Quite the opposite. Boudin is the son of domestic terrorists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, members of the Weather Underground who both served time for murdering a security guard in 1981. Boudin was elected with huge help from George Soros on a platform of prosecuting as few criminals as possible. San Francisco is never going to get crime under control with Boudin still in office.
If Breed is serious about getting San Francisco’s crime problem under control, and if Pelosi ever figures out why her city has descended into lawlessness, both should join the recall campaign against Boudin that is already scheduled for this summer.