Marco Rubio attacked for going after ‘Soros-backed prosecutors’
Senator Marco Rubio has come under media attack for arguing that handling “Soros-backed prosecutors” should be a top congressional priority.
Rubio introduced an amendment that would limit prosecutorial discretion and force prosecutors to keep violent criminals incarcerated. Prosecutors funded by left-wing financier George Soros are infamous for being woke and soft on crime, a fact which Rubio referenced in his proposal.
The democrats just blocked my effort to try & force Soros backed prosecutors to put dangerous criminals in jail pic.twitter.com/alt5DZmiSS
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 7, 2022
“Let me tell you what people care about. They don’t care about buying solar panels and electric cars as much as they do not having to live in a community where violent crime is rampant and you’ve got some crazy prosecutor that refused to put people in jail, that refuses to prosecute entire categories of crime,”
Rubio quickly came under fire for using the term “Soros-backed prosecutor.” Instead of addressing Rubio’s arguments on their merits or even what he actually said, many quickly leaped to the conclusion that when Rubio said “Soros-backed” he really meant Jewish.
Gun-control activist Fred Guttenberg was quick to tweet out that very argument:\.
.@marcorubio what is a Soros backed prosecutor? Do you mean Jewish? Asking for the many Floridians who are Jewish and who will be voting soon. With anti Semitism running rampant in the state, you serve as Senator of, one would think you avoid this kind of talk, unless……… https://t.co/NA0ZLbkm0b
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) August 7, 2022
Teacher’s Union President Randi Weingarten echoed the sentiment.
THIS Is how anti semitism takes root and spreads. What is a “Soros” backed prosecutor? Soros is a Hungarian Jew who survived the Holocaust.. Orban the authoritarian leader of Hungary demonizes Soros all the time in Orban’s culture war to suppress freedom & democracy. https://t.co/UQGDqnKwtA
— Randi Weingarten ☮️🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@rweingarten) August 7, 2022
However, Florida GOP Chairman of Chairs Evan Power called out the leaps in logic.
This is a disgusting attack. George Soros wrote an editorial about supporting these prosecutors, it’s a fact. Dems know how bad their policies are that they have to invent attacks rather than discuss the issue https://t.co/UuSFo2XL5j
— Evan Power (@EvanPower) August 8, 2022
Daily Wire co-founder and orthodox Jew Ben Shapiro also weighed in on the issue, dismissing the validity of “dog-whistle” claims and claiming left-wing hypocrisy on the anti-semitism issue writ large.
Soros spends lots of money backing progressive prosecutors. Saying so does not make you anti-Semitic. It makes you correct. And unsurprisingly, many of those who find dog-whistles in mentioning Soros are totally silent about Hamas firing rockets at Jews, and support Ilhan Omar.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 8, 2022
Conservative commentator Jack Prosobiec put an exclamation mark on the hypocrisy claim. He tweeted an SNL skit refencing Soros’ considerable influence over US politics, which aired in 2008.
Holy Shlit! SNL called out George Soros all the way back in 2008
This is like looking into an alternate dimension pic.twitter.com/tDkYORBMEJ
— Jack Posobiec 🍊 (@JackPosobiec) August 7, 2022
This media firestorm comes as Rubio finds himself in a somewhat tight midterm race against Democratic challenger Val Demings.