Soft-on-crime DA Gascón says he’s ‘not sure’ LA Country is ‘less or more safe’ since he took office

(Video: NBC News)

Corporate media continued to carry water for the progressive party Friday as NBC’s Lester Holt painted Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón as a victim despite his apparent admission in one critical metric.

The DA was featured in an interview for “NBC Nightly News” where Holt seemed to mount a defense for soft-on-crime policies by blaming his industry for sensationalizing the “‘growing sense of unease” and causing a “shift in the public’s perception” of the state of decay that Los Angeles was falling into. After airing clips of the out-of-control violence, Holt cut to a clip of his interview with Gascón where the host teed him up with the question, “Is Los Angeles County any less or more safe since you took office?”

No matter the applied spin, there are certain realities that can’t be ignored. That didn’t stop Gascón from hedging on his response to the obvious. “It’s a complicated question, right? I’m not sure,” he claimed.

He then proceeded to qualify that by arguing, “We’re safer than we were 20, 30 years ago. If you’re looking at what has occurred maybe in the last three or four years, then it’s a higher level of insecurity today.”

Holt expanded on the policies that the DA ran on, like ending cash bail and eliminating sentencing enhancements, as detached from the continued “rise in violent crime which began before Gascón took office” as though they had nothing to do with homicides increasing to a 15-year high under his watch.

Gascón is facing a second recall effort after an initial attempt failed in 2021 and, with San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin getting booted by voters similarly fed up with the revolving door that returned offenders back to the streets, Holt continued to make the case that it was unfair to equate progressive prosecutors with rises in crime.


“Some of the more conservative counties here in California have higher per capita violence than we do,” Gascón said on the matter without providing any actual data to back his claim, “but you never see anybody blaming those prosecutors for the increase in violence.”

Holt then went on to contend that “many criminal justice experts [say] it’s difficult to draw direct connections to Gascón’s policies” as he pointed to a nationwide violent crime problem. He left out the detail that the hubs for the rising criminality continue to be the major cities run by like-minded Democratic politicians like New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia.

“There’s a lot of perception that things are getting worse,” Holt stated returning to his spin that the problem of crime was not founded in the facts. “If they don’t get better, is that all going to come — be laid at the feet of progressives and criminal justice reform efforts?”

Gascón concluded by playing the part of a victim to the genuine concerns of the voters, “I’m very fearful that that is happening already.”


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