Billionaire currency speculator George Soros has been using his fortune to back left-wing candidates in district attorney races around the U.S. for the last several years, something conservatives have called out as damaging to the country.
Attorney General Bill Barr just became one of them.
Soros money helps elect leftist candidates
Barr went after the Hungarian-born activist during an interview last Friday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. He specifically addressed how Soros-backed prosecutor candidates are pursuing progressive criminal justice policies that could ultimately lead to more crime and reduced public safety in the U.S.
“There’s this recent development [where] George Soros has been coming in, in largely Democratic primaries where there has not been much voter turnout and putting in a lot of money to elect people who are not very supportive of law enforcement and don’t view the office as bringing to trial and prosecuting criminals but pursuing other social agendas, Barr said.
“They have started to win in a number of cities and they have, in my view, not given the proper support to the police,” he continued.
When government doesn’t support law enforcement…
Barr then went on to talk about the corrosive effect on policing that happens when officers believe that local governments “don’t have their back.”
“They can either stop policing or they can move to a jurisdiction more hospitable,” he explained, adding, “We could find ourselves in a position that communities that are not supporting the police may not get the police protection they need.”
Increase in crime likely
Barr warned that leftist officials “are following policies that are ultimately going to lead to an increase in violent crime and more victims.”
When MacCallum asked him, “What do you think has been fueling anti-cop feeling in some parts of the United States?” Barr said he didn’t know, but he did worry about the consequences of it.
“We can’t take for granted that there are always going to be people of this character who are willing to step up and take these jobs and there is a shortage of police around the country.”
Barr isn’t the first one to note that anti-police sentiment is accompanied by more crime in dangerous areas. Killings in Chicago rose following mass protests over the death of Laquan McDonald.