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Former Soros-backed San Fran DA Chesa Boudin claims city seeing ‘hard turn to the right’

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Hard turn to the right


In a recent interview, former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin expressed his view that the city has undergone a “hard turn to the right” in recent times.

Chesa Boudin


Former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was backed by liberal billionaire George Soros and removed from office in 2022 due to criticisms of lenient crime policies, suggested in a recent Politico interview that the city is not as progressive as commonly believed.

Conservative views


He indicated a shift towards conservative views and cited his recall as evidence of this change.



Currently leading a criminal justice center at the University of California, Berkeley, Boudin remarked, “San Francisco’s reputation as a progressive city is not entirely accurate, and my recall is just one indication of this shift. The recall of the school board and the lack of progressive mayors, with the exception of Art Agnos, further support this claim.”

Numerous billionaires


Additionally, Boudin highlighted the presence of numerous billionaires in the city and the affiliation of mainstream Democratic Party figures as reasons why he believes San Francisco is not truly progressive.

Hard turn


“Look at the fact that the city is home to more billionaires per capita than probably any other jurisdiction in the world. Look at the fact that the city’s made a hard turn to the right in the last couple of years,” he said.



“Look at the fact that the politicians that have come out of San Francisco on the national stage are anything but progressive: they’re mainstream centrist Democrats, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, etc.,” he added.

Influential entities


In another part of the interview, Boudin refuted the idea of a natural American resistance against progressive prosecutors like himself, attributing the organized campaigns to remove them to influential entities within the nation.



“I don’t think there is really a backlash in the traditional sense because you don’t see voters rejecting the progressive policies or candidates that they’ve endorsed except in very, very, very few cases,” he said, later adding, “The reality is the attacks on so-called progressive prosecutors are coming overwhelmingly from places where there’s more concentrated power rather than from voters.”

Recall election


Although Boudin disputes the assertion, 61% of San Francisco voters in his recall election voted to oust him from his position. Critics cited his progressive approach to criminal justice as contributing to a rise in violent crime, including murder, shoplifting, burglaries, and drug-related activities.



On the other hand, Boudin’s supporters commended him for fulfilling his pledges to abolish cash bail, refrain from prosecuting minor offenses, and reducing the incarceration rate.

Boudin’s background


It is worth noting that Boudin’s background includes being the child of two members of the left-wing radical organization Weather Underground, one of whom was convicted of second-degree murder.

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