Two years ago, the Anti-Defamation League attempted to shut down any critique of candidates funded by George Soros as “Anti-Semitic Hate Speech” If, for example, you criticize the many District Attorney candidates to whom he donated, and cite that they are pursuing an agenda which Soros himself set, five years ago, The ADL says that you are an Anti-Semite:
A person who promotes a Soros conspiracy theory may not intend to promulgate antisemitism. But Soros’ Jewish identity is so well-known that in many cases it is hard not to infer that meaning
Even if no antisemitic insinuation is intended, casting a Jewish individual as a puppet master who manipulates national events for malign purposes has the effect of mainstreaming antisemitic tropes and giving support, however unwitting, to bona fide antisemites and extremists who disseminate these ideas knowingly and with malice.
The ADL is way off base here. Conspiracy theories can be harmful but what do you do when they become an actual fact? Soros started funding District Attorneys to pursue “criminal justice reform”, an innocent-sounding enough goal (and one which I could support). Repealing the doctrine of qualified immunity for police officers, decriminalizing drugs, and advancing the cause that not every damned infraction needs to be met with a police SWAT team is laudable.
District Attorneys, who were elected with large donations from George Soros, operate in jurisdictions which have increased tensions with local police departments:
1- Larry Krasner’s re-election campaign is being opposed by retired Philly cops. Why? Well, Krasner attacks police officers and his policies have resulted in more violent crime. The United States Attorney in Philadelphia claims that Krasner’s diversion policies put ten violent criminal back on the street.
2- Kimberly Gardner actually sued the police union for opposing her reforms. Why? They aren’t working. St Louis is now ranked as “America’s Most Dangerous City”, behind Detroit. Cops are getting shot and intimidated by Gardner’s office to charge political opponents.
The President of the Los Angeles Association of District Attorneys rang the bell when Soros-funded Genevieve Jones-Wright ran against County Attorney Summer Stephan:
While many DDA’s are protected by civil service, in the jurisdictions where that protection does not exist Soros financed DA’s have engaged in wholesale purges of experienced prosecutors upon election to “change the culture” and send the message to those remaining that their jobs exist at the political whim of the newly elected DA. In Philadelphia, Soros financed DA Larry Krasner fired 31 DDA’s in his first week of office; nearly one-third were in the homicide unit and included a prosecutor set to begin a murder trial the following Monday who was told “no” when asked to stay to complete that trial. In Houston, the Soros financed DA Kim Ogg (who ironically attacked Soros for supporting her primary opponent before accepting more than $500,000 from him in the general election) fired 37 veteran prosecutors in pursuit of her “culture change.”
Finally, as Soros backed candidates rail against “mass incarceration” it is noteworthy to look at who comprises the prison population in California. In 2008, 71% of California state prison inmates were serving time for a violent, serious, or sexual offense; as of 2016, 91% of state prison inmates are serving time for a violent, serious or sexual offense.
It is not an Anti-Semitic conspiracy theory to say the Soros funds candidates, who pursue policies which produce more violent crime. The increased violent crime may be an unintended consequence of Soros goal of “criminal justice reform” but the increased crime is a fact. What is also a fact is that Soros is bankrolling more local candidates who want to pursue the same goals.
The libertarian Koch Brothers are always the target of derision from the Left. Even when they mostly agree with “criminal justice reform”, they are attacked by left-leaning websites for wanting to let white people evade justice. While the race-baiting of the HuffPo article offends me, it is not unfair to suggest that white-collar crime is as damaging to society as violent crime. If more environmental and financial crimes are the result of the Koch-sponsored criminal justice reform efforts, it is fair to point out that Koch-backed candidates are pursuing policies which contribute to that crime
That criticism doesn’t make you an “Anti-Epicopalian”.
Candidates who accept financial help from George Soros, and are running for positions which have a direct impact on public safety, should answer if they are going to pursue policies which produce more violent crime. Asking that question or pointing out those candidates’ answers does NOT make you an Anti-Semite– despite what the ADL says.