Scarborough Tears Into Left-Wing DAs For Ignoring Crime Spike


Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough tore into “woke” district attorneys Friday for allegedly ignoring the crime spike in major U.S. cities.

Crime rates, particularly violent crime, have skyrocketed in major cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York City, leading the issue to become a major issue in the upcoming midterm elections. Several left-wing district attorneys have been accused of downplaying the issue.

“When you have woke DAs in Philadelphia basically saying they don’t have a crime problem, when you have cops quitting left and right in Philadelphia … they’re not going to risk their lives so they can arrest people who are going to be out on the street the next day,” Scarborough said. “And then you have Progressives telling people in Philadelphia, telling these people, ‘Oh, you’re wrong, don’t believe your lying eyes’ … There’s something wrong with you for being afraid to go to work, there’s something wrong with you for being afraid to go home.”

“Progressives on crime in places like Philadelphia and New York are so extraordinarily clueless, its maddening,” he continued.


MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan called the alleged coverup of crime “condescending” to the residents in the cities who have witnessed and are in fear from the uptick in crime. She presented a cover from the New York Post that quoted Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams downplaying crime in his city. (RELATED: Joe Scarborough Calls Out Left-Wing District Attorneys For Ignoring ‘Quality Of Life’ Issues)

“I don’t know about you, but I know a lot of people, if can afford not to take the subway, they aren’t taking the subway these days,” she said. “It wasn’t just the voters we spoke to in Pennsylvania. We used that, we showed one group, we showed the African American Democrats in Philadelphia. But also our swing voters in Bucks County are concerned about the rising crime.”

Scarborough then added that Democratic voters are voicing concerns about the rising crime rate because they are “tired” of the continuing uptick in their communities.

“They are tired of reading stories about people getting pushed in front of trains in subways all the time,” he said. “They’re afraid to go on subways, like, this reminds me so much of coming to New York City in 1989 during the crack epidemic … we’re back there again, and for the life of me, I don’t understand why Progressives are pretending we aren’t.”

In New York City, a man barely escaped being hit by a subway train after a man pushed him onto the tracks last Saturday at the 149th street station. This incident occurred amid the city’s public transportation crime has surged by 57%. In April, at least 10 people were shot after the alleged gunman Frank James opened fire in a subway station with a firearm.

The overall shootings in Philadelphia rose 3% in the past year and has a total of 433 homicide victims as of October 20, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. The total number of violent crime cases surged by 7% in the city in 2022.

A handful of left-wing district attorneys have come under fire for their alleged “soft-on-crime” approach to the nationwide crime waves. Constituents in Los Angeles and San Francisco elicited recall efforts against L.A. District Attorney George Gascon and the now-former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin for their lenient responses to crime.

District Attorney George Gascon survived a recall effort in August after a petition failed to meet the required number of signatures, and Boudin got booted after being accused of failing to prosecute criminals who allegedly committed burglary, murder or car thefts. Gascon reportedly refused to prosecute nearly 12,000 cases in his first year in office.