San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s recent condemnation of “the bullsh*t that has destroyed our city” was part of a Democratic about-face in response to spiking crime nationwide.
Is it too late for Democrats to denounce “defund the police”?
After previous calls to defund the police, San Francisco Mayor London Breed actually called “bs” on the leftward tide in the notoriously Democratic city.
An extraordinary moment in a major American city and remarkable concession from a leader.
The sitting mayor of San Francisco – at a formal news conference – decries "the bullshit that has destroyed our city.”https://t.co/7ai9Y4rcfr
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) December 15, 2021
She wasn’t alone, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents SF in Congress, in summer 2020 said “people will do what they do” in response to riots… she’s had a change of tune:
"There's an attitude of lawlessness springing up in the country from I don't know where," says @SpeakerPelosi when asked by a reporter about the for-profit smash-and-grab attacks on retail stores in San Francisco and across the country. "It has to be stopped." pic.twitter.com/xrto61IVMN
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) December 15, 2021
And the big man of the Golden State himself, hardline progressive Governor Gavin Newsom, has also got in on the action in recent weeks:
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) increases police presence at retail stores following mob looting crimewave in San Francisco:
“We need to break up these crime rings, and we need to make an example out of these folks.” pic.twitter.com/a1YMTrOY5j
— The Recount (@therecount) November 23, 2021
NOT JUST CALIFORNIA
Though the left coast is the tip of the spear of the country’s problems with crime, drug addiction and homelessness, its politicians are hardly alone in reversing themselves on the freewheeling “spirit of 2020.”
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter calls out Democrat DA Larry Krasner for his "white wokeness" for enabling the massive surge in crime and homicides throughout the city while he advances his national profile as a progressive. pic.twitter.com/yQig0AdLR6
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) December 15, 2021
How it started. How it's going. pic.twitter.com/67aUjw8tG3
— James Lindsay, has masculine urges (@ConceptualJames) December 15, 2021
FRENEMIES IN HIGH PLACES
The 2020 anti-police mood was bolstered by unprecedented support from big business, giving rise to the widespread use of the term “woke capital” … well, now some of those fat cats would appear to be experiencing a change of heart:
Oh My!!, Companies who last year supported left wing organizations to defund the police are now begging for police protection!https://t.co/JMUWAj3wjJ
— Rick D'Amico (@rickdamico123) December 16, 2021
The bottom line: maybe all the ruckus in 2020, which was backed by most of the country’s establishment, was just about Donald Trump, and not so much a sign of things to come.