Jason Miyares seeks to overthrow leftist prosecutors across the country
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (right) is targeting left-leaning prosecutors who “really see themselves as social workers” in the 2023 election cycle.
Miyares joined Breitbart News on Saturday, telling host Matthew Boyle that his effort — the Protect Americans Action Fund — will be a paradigm shift in how conservatives view local prosecutor elections.
“Frankly, conservatives are kind of asleep at the switch,” the Virginia Republican said. “You have these big left-wing special interest groups that realized, ‘Hey, we don’t have to change change laws, we don’t necessarily need to win governors’ mansions or government legislatures. State, we can win these local prosecutors, these district attorney races.
“I say this is the most important election that people rarely pay attention to,” he concluded.
“They don’t have to change the laws in their state capital, they just decide not to enforce entire categories of laws,” Miyares explained. “So you see in places like New York and others – they will declare whole categories of the criminal code that they will no longer apply. The officer can arrest someone for breaking the law, but if you have a prosecutor who immediately dismisses the charges, you’ve basically legalized carjacking in some cases.
“When you have a criminal-first-victim-last mindset, it’s led to a huge explosion in violent crime,” he continued. “You have officers who don’t even bother to charge people for certain crimes because they know they have no backup.”
Calling the left-wing ideology of prosecuting crimes an “academic theory”, the Old Dominion lawyer explained how crime is devastating to communities beyond the implications of the crime itself.
“What’s frustrating to me is that a lot of people can point fingers and say, ‘Hey, you know, poverty can lead to increased crime,’ but crime can also create poverty,” did he declare. “Two-thirds of all new jobs created in America are created by small business owners, they don’t locate in high crime areas.”
Small business owners are closing their doors due to what has effectively legalized theft in many parts of the country.
Miyares launched the Protect Americans Action Fund as part of building a counter to the huge amount of money that left-leaning groups and individuals — like George Soros — have poured into prosecutorial races.
“The idea is this: you have the Republican Governors Association, you have the Republican Attorney General Association, you have the Congressional and Senate campaign committees, and so you have no entity that is there to help these races. of prosecutors where you if these leftist groups come in they will lose $200,000 in the last two weeks of a race and that will eclipse all the expenses that a district attorney candidate can raise and they overwhelm them and they will sometimes win seats in suburbs that opted for Trump,” he said.
These left-leaning prosecutors will then end up running their offices like a “catch and release program.”
“Our goal, Protecting Americans Action Fund, is to provide those people with the resources that are pro-law enforcement to stand up against those far-left forces that right now are trying to push an anti- really radical policing and anti-victim agenda that is hurting too many Americans across the country,” Miyares explained.
Saying elections have consequences, Miyares said “public safety just wasn’t a priority when you had a leftist monopoly in Richmond under the previous governor.”
Describing some examples in Virginia, Miyares said the Northern Virginia region “had a lot of far-left prosecutors” who “failed in their first duty, which is to protect the public” when he, the governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin (R), and Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears (R) are running for office in 2021.
He explained that the murder rate was the highest for 20 years at the time.
“In Fairfax you have a very notorious leftist prosecutor who, you know, when you have a criminal mindset first, victim last, he cut a deal,” he said. “You had a horrific case of a child rapist, a five year old had been raped within a year and the abuser was facing a life sentence. And [the prosecutor] thought that was too hard for a child rapist, and so his life sentence was reduced without consulting the victims, and he will be eligible for parole.
“In one of the locations in northern Virginia, an individual was released on bail for domestic violence,” he continued. “He was basically released and immediately attacked and murdered his victim with a hammer he had just abused.”
“When you know the person who’s victimizing you is going to be back on the street, what motivation do you have to go to the police and try to get the person arrested when they’re just going to come back as soon as they deal with the paperwork ?” he asked rhetorically.
“If you want to reduce crime, you go after violent repeat offenders,” he concluded. “And you need prosecutors who understand that, not prosecutors who decide they’re going to push things like getting rid of cash bail, having a revolving door.”
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.