Jon Stewart, who publicly embraces the chaotic outcome of the radical left’s diversity, inclusion and equity initiative, queried San Francisco Mayor London Breed about why her city has become an “avatar for chaotic rule.”
Breed appeared on Stewart’s podcast, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” and the two discussed the crime, addiction and homelessness that has come to define San Francisco — CNN correspondent Kyung Lah revealed in a recent Twitter thread that she and her crew were robbed “again” while at San Francisco City Hall for an interview and the story drew national attention when Elon Musk weighed in to say “maybe having police [and] arresting criminals wasn’t such a bad idea after all.”
The Democratic mayor got a laugh from Stewart when she said the city has not found a “model that has some efficacy,” when it comes to a better option than prison to get “people back to a place of function.”
“I was hoping for a different answer, mayor!” Stewart said.
On this week’s podcast, we talked to @SFGov Mayor @LondonBreed about what it’s like to lead a city through spikes in crime and homelessness. Listen to the full episode now on @ApplePodcasts. https://t.co/ud5ysvNEPr pic.twitter.com/femre9H5Xt
— The Problem With Jon Stewart (@TheProblem) March 29, 2023
Breed said the city is careful not to strip troubled people of their civil liberties.
“People really value their freedom,” she said, adding that they don’t want to see people having a mental health breakdown and want to help them but are not able to use force to do so.
“When we’re trying to change the policies and we start talking about force, to force someone into treatment, then all of a sudden, people are like, well, wait a minute, conservatorship. Look at what happened with Britney Spears. We don’t want to take away someone’s rights,” Breed said.
Saying compelled treatment “has to be put on the table,” Breed added, “Otherwise, we’ll continue to see (people suffering) and we won’t be able to do anything about it. And that’s the tragedy.”
Keep in mind, San Francisco’s budget to tackle homelessness was $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021–22 alone, and it was reported earlier this year that the state of California spent nearly $10 billion over the last three years to halt homelessness — yet, the problem is as bad as it ever was.
In effect, Democrats subsidize homelessness. One homeless man said San Francisco pays him to be homeless.
“If you’re gonna be homeless, it’s pretty f*ckin’ easy here,” the man said, as he detailed all the “free money” he gets from the city.
People say lack of housing forces local residents into the streets, but James says he came from Texas to San Francisco for the drugs, the non-enforcement of anti-camping laws, and the $820/month in welfare & food stamps. James says he sold fentanyl, 2 weeks ago, to a 15-year-old. pic.twitter.com/5qMr6tmlWs
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) February 9, 2022
Stewart turned his focus to crime in the city, though he would soon downplay it as being “similar” to crime in Oklahoma City.
“It all sort of goes in the same bucket, which is San Francisco is the avatar for chaotic rule, some of it an identity that they wear with pride to some extent and some of it looked at by others with a sneer of, can’t they get together, these progressives who just allow people to live and let live? And look at the chaos they’ve unleashed,” he said.
Breed was quick to point to former President Donald Trump as a key reason the city has become an “avatar” for chaotic rule — this coming from a city that maps human poop on sidewalks.
“The former president put a target on our back at one point and used it as an example for a lot of things that were allegedly going wrong in the country and that was very unfortunate,” the mayor said.
Lending the Democrat an assist by saying things have been worse, Stewart jumped in to say he was in San Francisco in the 80s and that it was “wild.”
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