In a recent opinion piece published on RealClearPolitics, Sen. Tom Cotton makes the argument that George Soros is responsible for the 2020 spike in murder, the largest in American history.
Cotton contends that the 91-year-old billionaire and his ilk have created a revolving door of justice that puts hardened criminals back out on the streets.
“Last year, our nation experienced the largest increase in murder in American history and the largest number of drug overdose deaths ever recorded. This carnage continues today and is not distributed equally. Instead, it is concentrated in cities and localities where radical, left-wing, George Soros progressives have captured state and district attorney offices,” writes Cotton.
“These legal arsonists condemn our rule of law as ‘systemically racist’ and have not simply abused prosecutorial discretion, they have embraced prosecutorial nullification,” he continues. “As a result, a contagion of crime has infected virtually every neighborhood under their charge.”
Cotton goes on to name names and list examples of how the Soros prosecutors have gone soft on crime:
- In Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx allows theft under $1,000 to go unpunished.
- In Manhattan, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. refuses to enforce laws against prostitution.
- In Baltimore, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has unilaterally declared the war on drugs “over” and is refusing to criminally charge drug users in the middle of the worst drug crisis in American history.
- For a time, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon even stopped enforcing laws against disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, and making criminal threats.
The result? As you’d imagine, they’re pretty grim. Cotton writes:
All of these cities have paid a terrible price for these insane policies. Last year, the number of homicides in Chicago rose by 56%, and more than 1,000 Cook County residents have been murdered in 2021. In New York City, murder increased 47% and shootings soared 97%. In 2020, the murder rate in Baltimore was higher than El Salvador’s or Guatemala’s — nations from which citizens often attempt to claim asylum purely based on gang violence and murder—and this year murder in Baltimore is on track to be even higher. Murder in Los Angeles rose 36% last year and is on track to rise another 17% this year.
Not enforcing the rule of law is a recipe for chaos. Which raises the question, why would Soros progressives want to foment widespread civil disorder?