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George P. Bush, the only Bush still in public office, endorses President Trump

Multiple news reports suggest that former President George W. Bush will not vote to reelect President Trump when the time comes. How about his nephew George Prescott Bush — son of Jeb Bush and the only member of the Bush family still in public office? He’s a Trump guy. “President Trump is the only thing…

George P. Bush, the only Bush still in public office, endorses President Trump

Multiple news reports suggest that former President George W. Bush will not vote to reelect President Trump when the time comes. How about his nephew George Prescott Bush — son of Jeb Bush and the only member of the Bush family still in public office?

He’s a Trump guy.

“President Trump is the only thing standing between America and socialism. I endorsed President Trump in the 2016 election cycle and plan to do so again in 2020,” the younger Mr. Bush said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Tribune.

“It’s clear, Republican policies are working,” he said. “Even in a global pandemic where we have had to take unprecedented measures to protect public health, the economy is already returning.”

Mr. Bush, 44, is the grandson of President George W. Bush.

He is also a former public school teacher, an attorney, former U.S. Navy Reserve officer, real estate investor, married father of two and the commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. He won his bid for that influential office in 2014 after conducting an aggressive campaign and promising Texas voters, “I will bring my conservative values and my real-world experience with me.”

He has a fan in Mr. Trump, meanwhile. The president noted in April that George P. Bush was “the only Bush that likes me,” then thanked him for the endorsement in a tweet, saying he was “honored.”

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George Soros is indeed an enabler of U.S. street violence

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Fox News saw a bit of a dust-up this week when Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, referred on air to the influences of billionaire George Soros on the violence that’s gone forth in the streets of mostly Democrat-controlled communities — only to have his comments shut down. Censored, some might even say.…

George Soros is indeed an enabler of U.S. street violence

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Fox News saw a bit of a dust-up this week when Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, referred on air to the influences of billionaire George Soros on the violence that’s gone forth in the streets of mostly Democrat-controlled communities — only to have his comments shut down. Censored, some might even say.

Apologies and clarifications soon after came. But let’s be clear and let’s stay clear on this: Soros is indeed diddling in America’s political and legal systems. And his diddling is indeed having a “have at it” effect on those who would take to the streets, with bricks, to express their frustrations with President Donald Trump.

This is no conspiracy theory.

This is no tin foil hat moment.

This is a fact — a traceable, verifiable fact. What’s more, it’s not too hard to trace and verify.

In the 2018-2019 election cycle, Soros spent more than $2 million on three commonwealth’s attorney races in Northern Virginia. As The Daily Signal wrote it up: “Radical social justice activists will serve as the top prosecutors for three major Washington, D.C., suburbs — including the two wealthiest counties in the U.S. — after George Soros’ political action committee poured $2.1 million into ordinarily sleepy local races.”

Even The Washington Post recognized his financial contributions — at least part of them.

“PAC funded by George Soros pumps nearly $1 million into local races for prosecutor,” the newspaper wrote in June 2019.

Soros tossed almost another $2 million into a Philadelphia district attorney race, helping his candidate of choice, Larry Krasner, actually win. And then he threw more behind other Pennsylvania candidates, too.

“George Soros wading into the Delco District Attorney race shows problematic influence,” Christine Flowers of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote in November 2019.

Why is this problematic?

Flowers nailed it. Soros, she wrote, has “no connection to the Philadelphia area,” yet “tried to manipulate” the local political machine to his will with $1 million “to get a Delco Democrat elected.”

It’s what he does. It’s how Soros spends his money — by buying or trying to buy political influence and political candidates.

Between 2014 and 2019, Soros spent around $17 million on local law enforcement races around the country, including $2 million to stop the strictly conservative, strictly law and order Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona, from grabbing the seat.

These are not hidden wheelings and dealings.

These are not hard-to-track, tough-to-discover campaign contributions.

“Soros Aims to Transform the Justice System by Funding DA Races,” Capital Research Center wrote in one headline from December 2019.

Indeed he does.

And there’s nothing quiet about it.

Except maybe the silence of many in the news media.

But facts are facts. And the fact that Soros, a social justice warrior who advocates for the same types of prison reform that make up the leftist talking points — you know, that Blacks are targeted by police for arrest, and criminals in America are too harshly treated — the fact he presses these ideas absolutely explains the thuggery in the streets right now. The fact he furthers these principles absolutely explains the emboldened thugs in the streets right now.

If Soros funds far leftist prosecutors who think justice is about skin color first, alleged crime second, then who’s to prosecute the thuggish, violent street protesters? Who’s to put the Antifa terrorists behind bars? Who’s to reel in the Black Lives Matter radicals tossing Molotov cocktails?

Nobody.

Like it or not, this is Soros’ money, this is the Soros influence, at work.

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George Soros-funded DAs oversee big cities with skyrocketing crime

Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros bankrolled the successful campaigns of a new crop of district attorneys who now preside over big cities with skyrocketing crime and frayed relationships with police departments. Soros-backed DAs in Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco and other cities have fired scores of experienced prosecutors and, as promised, stopped prosecuting low-level quality-of-life…

George Soros-funded DAs oversee big cities with skyrocketing crime

Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros bankrolled the successful campaigns of a new crop of district attorneys who now preside over big cities with skyrocketing crime and frayed relationships with police departments.

Soros-backed DAs in Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco and other cities have fired scores of experienced prosecutors and, as promised, stopped prosecuting low-level quality-of-life crimes such as disorderly conduct, vagrancy and loitering.

Their laissez-faire criminal justice philosophy bucks the get-tough “broken windows” approach, made famous by then-New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, which targets minor offenses to cut off the criminal element in the bud.

Put into practice, New York and other metropolises saw dramatic crime reductions throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s.

Those days are long gone.

“I would describe it as abysmal,” Jeff Roorda, general manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, said when asked about cops’ relationship with Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner. “It has gone from bad to worse and now there is no cooperation.”

The city has suffered a crime surge since the Soros-backed prosecutor took office. Violent crime rose by 8.8% since 2006. In terms of violent crimes per 100,000 residents, St. Louis has surpassed Detroit as America’s most violent city.

Ms. Gardner’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Her 2016 campaign received more than $190,000 from PACs to which Mr. Soros is the sole or principal contributor. His PACs have poured at least $116,000 into her re-election this year.

Ms. Gardner cruised to a primary victory Aug. 4 and is expected to easily win reelection in November in the heavily Democratic city.

Homicides in Philadelphia, which fell below 300 annually for four consecutive years through 2016, have again shot up, rising by 34% in 2020 and hitting 257 as of Aug. 3, according to police department figures.

District Attorney Larry Krasner won the office in 2017 running on his background as a defense attorney and litigant against the police department. In that campaign, Mr. Soros‘ Pennsylvania Justice and Public Safety PAC spent $1.7 million supporting Mr. Krasner’s bid, a figure which startled a state’s political class that had never seen such sums spent in a district attorney race.

San Francisco has experienced a dramatic drop in reported rapes but so far this year, murders are up 30.4% from a year ago. Car theft, burglary and arson also have risen between 30% and 44%, according to police reports.

There is now also an app to help pedestrians navigate piles of feces on the streets of San Francisco.

Chesa Boudin, the new San Francisco district attorney and a former translator for late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, is the son of Weather Underground radicals who were convicted of murder for their role in the killing of three people during the 1981 robbery of a Brink’s armored car.

With his parents behind bars, Mr. Boudin was raised by former Weather Underground members Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

While Mr. Boudin did not receive money directly from one of Mr. Soros‘ multiple state PACs, a network of left-wing donors connected to the Hungarian-born billionaire helped Mr. Boudin raise more than $620,000.

The donor web included Chloe Cockburn, who is with Mr. Soros‘ Democracy Alliance, along with the Tides Foundation and Brennan Center for Justice, both of which have Mr. Soros as a deep-pocketed contributor.

Running on platforms that accused the criminal justice system of being racist to the core, these prosecutors vowed to either eliminate or sharply reduce enforcement of drug and minor-property offenses, and eliminating or slashing bail.

The campaigns often portrayed police as agents of a racist system that disproportionately imprisoned Blacks and other minorities.

“They’re not progressive, they’re rogue,” Cully Stimson, a former prosecutor and now a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said of Soros-backed prosecutors. “What they ran on and what they practice is a wholesale abrogation of their duties, taking whole classes of crimes and reclassifying them as not-crimes. Where they have taken office, there’s been an institutional breakdown of civic and professional norms.”

Neither Mr. Krasner’s office nor the Philadelphia police union responded to phone calls and emails requesting comment.

Their feuding is legendary and Mr. Krasner has not backed down.

He often chides the police department for harboring racist cops and has formed a task force to investigate the more than 2,000 arrests made in sometimes-violent demonstrations since the death of George Floyd. When President Trump said he might send federal agents to Philadelphia last month, Mr. Krasner said he might try to prosecute them.

Indeed, relations between Mr. Krasner and other law enforcement officials in Philadelphia have become so toxic that the top federal prosecutor there took the unusual step of blasting his local counterpart.

“There is a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement in this City that is promoted and championed by District Attorney Larry Krasner — and I am fed up with it,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania William McSwain wrote last year after six Philadelphia cops were shot. On that night, officers barred the hospital door to refuse Mr. Krasner’s attempt to visit a wounded officer.

“We’ve now endured over a year and a half of the worst kinds of slander against law enforcement,” Mr. McSwain wrote, referring to chants of “f—k the police” that erupted at Mr. Krasner’s electoral victory celebration, just as they did at Mr. Boudin’s in San Francisco. “This vile rhetoric puts our police in danger.”

In March, when a Philadelphia officer was fatally shot trying to arrest a murder suspect, Mr. McSwain blamed Mr. Krasner, calling the death “the direct result of District Attorney Krasner’s pro-violent-defendant policies.”

Mr. McSwain released a statement noting that suspect Hassan Elliott was already in violation of parole on a firearms conviction when caught in possession of cocaine, but that Mr. Krasner’s office dropped the drug charges at a scheduled hearing at which Elliott didn’t even show. A year later, Officer James O’Connor was killed a year later trying to pick up Elliott in a homicide that itself post-dated the parole violations and cocaine arrest.

Criminal justice analysts confirmed the crime spikes but offered some caveats.

For one thing, crime appears to be rising in other cities with more traditional district attorneys and it is difficult to pin a rash of crime on a single elected official, no matter how powerful.

Police departments also may have seen morale plummet in the face of attacks on law enforcement from several angles, such as the Black Lives Matter protests and defund-the-police movement.

“We’d have to know if police in these cities are making fewer arrests or engaging in less proactive policing due to demoralization in response to the media assault on police,” said Barry Latzer, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He noted that crime, especially outdoor crime, typically spikes in warm weather and that the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions could also be a factor in some cities.

Upon taking office, Mr. Krasner and Ms. Gardner fired veteran prosecutors by the dozen and critics say their offices are now staffed by inexperienced lawyers.

Ms. Gardner’s office has lost a combined 470 years of experience, according to an investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

That’s one possible explanation for why conviction rates plummeted under Ms. Gardner.

“People don’t want to work there,” said Kristi Flint, a St. Louis defense attorney who spent 10 years as a prosecutor in the Circuit Attorney Office. “They came in acting as if the police are the enemies, very combative. Then everything breaks down, and the people who are suffering the most are the victims of these crimes.”

St. Louis media also revealed that Ms. Gardner had failed to report, as required by law, multiple domestic and international trips paid for by another left-wing outfit called Fair and Just Prosecution, which promotes changes in criminal justice and law enforcement.

The group has been vocal supporters of some politically explosive cases pursued by Ms. Gardner, such as her unsuccessful prosecution of former Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and, more recently, charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who brandished guns against trespassing protesters outside their home.

Ms. Gardner’s legal maneuvering against Mr. Greitens succeeded in forcing his resignation, but the case fell apart and was dismissed for lack of evidence. Her private investigator on the case has since been indicted on perjury charges.

Last month, a judge ordered Ms. Gardner to release records of her correspondence with Mr. Soros and other figures.

As that case unraveled, Ms. Gardner sued the city, the police union, Mr. Roorda and others. She alleged they engaged in a racist conspiracy to thwart her agenda and topple St. Louis‘ first elected Black prosecutor.

“I can’t make this stuff up,” Mr. Roorda said. “Her self-described ‘criminal justice reform’ agenda amounts to amnesty for the most violent criminals in the country.”

The campaign to elect prosecutors sympathetic to the left-wing agenda has not been done on the cheap.

The $1.7 million spent on Mr. Krasner dwarfed all previous spending by district attorney candidates of any party in Philadelphia.

The same has been true in smaller races: Mr. Soros‘ New York Safety and Public Justice PAC spent at least $800,000 in an unsuccessful bid last November to oust incumbent Republican Sandra Doorley in upstate Monroe County.

“It was unheard of, no one had ever seen anything like that,” said Calli Marianetti, a spokeswoman for Ms. Doorley. “In 2016, in a very, very heated race, spending was between $100,000 and $200,000.”

In the same 2016 cycle, Mr. Soros‘ PACs spent $3 million on seven local district attorney campaigns in six states. The sum was more than total spent on the 2016 presidential campaigns that year by all but a handful of rival super-donors, according to an analysis by Politico.

His lavish spending in district attorney races raised eyebrows in San Diego, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Florida and other locations. Millions have been spent on both successful campaigns, like that of Rachael Rollins in Boston, and on losing efforts, such as the one in San Diego.

Mr. Soros‘ PACs also put another $1 million into a suburban race outside Philadelphia last year.

“We’re talking about just a pittance of Soros money but gargantuan sums for regular people in smaller elections like this,” Mr. Stimson said.

Currently, progressive activists are busy in Los Angeles, where George Gascon has left his former political base in San Francisco and is now trying to unseat Democratic District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

“If you can’t change the law, get people who will promise not to enforce the law,” said Michele Hanisee, who heads the Deputy District Attorneys Association in Los Angeles. “The reason you see crime rising in all these places is because the message to criminals is, ‘You have carte blanche to do this.’ It’s short-sighted and dangerous to everyone.”

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George Soros sees ‘revolutionary moment’ in coronavirus pandemic

Billionaire liberal activist George Soros told an Italian newspaper that he sees the coronavirus epidemic as a “revolutionary” opportunity. In an interview with La Repubblica, the Hungarian-born Mr. Soros also denounced President Trump as a “transitory phenomenon” but expressed hope that the COVID crisis has opened up politics in a radical direction. “I would describe…

George Soros sees ‘revolutionary moment’ in coronavirus pandemic

Billionaire liberal activist George Soros told an Italian newspaper that he sees the coronavirus epidemic as a “revolutionary” opportunity.

In an interview with La Repubblica, the Hungarian-born Mr. Soros also denounced President Trump as a “transitory phenomenon” but expressed hope that the COVID crisis has opened up politics in a radical direction.

“I would describe it as a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times,” he said. “What is inconceivable in normal times becomes not only possible but actually happens. People are disoriented and scared.”

But Mr. Soros, who was being interviewed by the Rome newspaper on the occasion of his 90th birthday, warned that Mr. Trump “remains very dangerous,” despite seeing him as transitory, because of his efforts to stay in power and avoid prosecution.

“He’s fighting for his life and he will do anything to stay in power,” Mr. Soros said, also calling the president “a confidence trickster” who can “undermine democracy from within.”

Mr. Soros, who bankrolls numerous liberal and leftist causes through his Open Society Foundation and other funding sources, praised the U.S. for still having “a great tradition of checks and balances and established rules. And above all you have the Constitution.

“So I am confident that Trump will turn out to be a transitory phenomenon, hopefully ending in November,” he concluded.

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