Much of the nation remains on heightened alert amid escalating crime rates.
As polling data shows that voters tend to primarily blame the Democratic Party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seems to be showing signs of concern.
“None of it is acceptable”
This week, she told reporters that a wave of robberies plaguing her state must “be stopped,” striking a rare tough-on-crime tone for the longtime progressive politico.
“There is an attitude of lawlessness in a country that springs from I don’t know where…but we cannot have that lawlessness,” Pelosi added, according to The Washington Times. “None of it is acceptable.”
Among the districts hardest hit by the uptick in often violent property crimes is Pelosi’s hometown of San Francisco. Even Democratic Mayor London Breed has sounded off on the severity of the problem.
Although the mayor described San Francisco as a city rooted in “second chances and rehabilitation,” she clarified that such “compassion should not be mistaken for weakness or indifference” in the face of persistent crime.
“It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end,” she said during a press conference on Tuesday, according to a local CBS affiliate.
“Will make a lot of people uncomfortable”
In addition to fundamental changes in the city’s existing policies, the mayor advocated for police to become “more aggressive” in responding to the crime wave.
Breed introduced a series of initiatives aimed at addressing street-level crime, including increased access to surveillance videos for investigators.
“What I’m proposing today and what I will be proposing in the future will make a lot of people uncomfortable, and I don’t care,” she acknowledged. “At the end of the day, the safety of the people of San Francisco is the most important thing to me and we are past the point where what we see is even remotely acceptable.”
Of course, her efforts could be stymied by Democratic San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
The progressive prosecutor has been in office since last year and is supported by far-left billionaire George Soros. Boudin is facing a recall effort mounted by citizens who insist that his refusal to prosecute criminals has enabled much of the ongoing chaos throughout the city.