Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner explained his theory for why conservatives impeached him earlier this month.
Reform prosecutors and progressive prosecutors continue to win elections across the United States, despite Republicans’ attempts to focus on crime. Because these types of candidates are winning elections, the GOP has “figured it out” and is now focusing on winning “in between elections,” which include impeachments and recalls of prosecutors from their offices, he told the Intercept.
“It’s not to say we are winning every single one,” Krasner said. “But oh, my goodness, are we winning! And that is not the public perception.”
Krasner added that he believes reform policies are not only the right thing to do but are also a big draw for voters that the Democratic Party should focus on. If the party does, it would receive the support of voters from many different backgrounds and generate goodwill with these voters.
The district attorney also made note of a possible correlation between rising crime rates that Republicans have focused on and a rise in gun purchases, saying one could “almost mark” the correlation while stopping short of drawing a direct connection. Krasner also noted how there have been 31 fewer homicides on this date than on the same date last year, adding that it is “pretty obvious” the massive increase in gun purchases has gone down lately in the last two years.
Krasner was impeached by Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House on Nov. 16 in a vote of 107-85 over allegations that his policies led to a spike in the city’s violent crime. Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff claimed that under Krasner, there have been almost 1,000 homicides in Philadelphia in the last 22 months, as well as “over 1,000 carjackings since the beginning of the year,” according to the Philadelphia Tribune.
The impeachment process has been moved to the Pennsylvania Senate, which will vote on Krasner’s impeachment on Tuesday.