Newt Gingrich warns ‘civilization will break down’ if crime keeps rising in cities such as New York

Newt Gingrich warns ‘civilization will break down’ if crime keeps rocketing in cities such as New York, Atlanta and Chicago – as he calls for DAs to be sacked and more cops on the streets

  • Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich spoke out about rising crime on Sunday and said ‘civilization will break down’ if something isn’t done  
  • The former House Speaker said Democratic District Attorney’s who embrace ineffective criminal justice reforms are responsible for much of the increase  
  • He also said criminals are getting rich off the spiraling crime in major cities such as New York and Philadelphia
  • Crime and similar issues are sure to be in the front of voters’ minds as they head to the polls for the 2022 midterm elections

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich has slammed Democratic District Attorney’s for rising crime rates in big cities across the country, and said ‘civilization will break down’ if it continues to spiral. 

Gingrich appeared on John Catsimatidis’ WABC radio show on Sunday and spoke about how to deal with the out-of-control crime and cited cities such as New York and Chicago as places that need change. 

‘When you have the level of crime you have in New York or Chicago or in Atlanta, all of a sudden you begin to realize we have to do something,’ he said. 

Violent crime rates in major cities grew by 4.4 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2021, mostly due to sharp rises in the rates for robberies (13 percent) and aggravated assaults (2.6 percent).  

‘People are going to begin to realize you have to change the district attorneys, and you have to hire enough police, and you have to enforce the law,’ said Gingrich. ‘Otherwise, civilization will break down.’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke out about rising crime in major US cities and pointed to Democratic District Attorneys as a contributing factor

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke out about rising crime in major US cities and pointed to Democratic District Attorneys as a contributing factor

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who Gingrich blames for rising crime in the Big Apple, speaks at a press conference

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who Gingrich blames for rising crime in the Big Apple, speaks at a press conference

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has overseen a rapid rise in homicides in the Pennsylvania city despite being sure his criminal justice reforms work

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has overseen a rapid rise in homicides in the Pennsylvania city despite being sure his criminal justice reforms work

Gingrich is a close ally of former President Donald Trump and echoed many of his 'strong on crime' sentiments

Gingrich is a close ally of former President Donald Trump and echoed many of his ‘strong on crime’ sentiments

Philadelphia Police investigators work the scene of a fatal overnight shooting on South Street in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police investigators work the scene of a fatal overnight shooting on South Street in Philadelphia

Many critics, including Gingrich, place much of the blame on lenient District Attorneys like Manhattan’s Alvin Bragg or Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner, who are both vocal supporters of criminal justice reforms.

‘If you are a criminal in Philadelphia, you love the current district attorney. If you are a criminal in Manhattan, you love the current district attorney. You want to vote for him, campaign for him, help finance him,’ said Gingrich.

New York City recorded a 39 percent rise in robberies and a 21 percent rise in aggravated assaults, while Philadelphia has already had 387 homicides this year, putting it on pace to surpass the 562 for all of 2021.

Gingrich, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, also pointed out that many criminals are getting rich off of the rampant crime that is allowed to wrack the cities.

‘We should not underestimate how much of that [represents] remarkable growth of a … gray economy that is made up of people who make their money just out of illegal activities,’ the Georgia Republican said.

Retired police chiefs recently spoke out about the Defund the Police campaign, and said the movement to rid communities of policing has led to a decrease in the number of officers available and overworks the ones who are.

Retired police chief Jeff Halstead said morale is the lowest he’s ever seen in his 30 years on the force – and said it’s because officers feel their profession has been demonized, and they are concerned about being indicted criminally.

‘I talk to law enforcement leaders on a daily basis. And in today’s world, their No. 1 problem is staffing,’ Halstead, a retired Fort Worth police chief said.

‘And what you hear is the same drum being beaten: How are we going get ourselves through this? And what steps are we going to take to get our staffing back?’

Robberies have jumped by 13% and aggravated assaults by 2.6% in U.S. cities so far this year

Robberies have jumped by 13% and aggravated assaults by 2.6% in U.S. cities so far this year

A Citi Bike sits at the scene of a shooting in Alphabet City in lower Manhattan on September 01, 2022 in New York City

A Citi Bike sits at the scene of a shooting in Alphabet City in lower Manhattan on September 01, 2022 in New York City

The Defund The Police movement, which led to violent clashes with officers last year, led to a decrease in the number of officers available and overworks the ones who are

The Defund The Police movement, which led to violent clashes with officers last year, led to a decrease in the number of officers available and overworks the ones who are

Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995 and served in the position until 1999, and is seen here discussing tax cuts in 1998

Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995 and served in the position until 1999, and is seen here discussing tax cuts in 1998

In New York City, there was a massive cop exodus from the NYPD this year, according to the New York Post, with 2,465 police officers filing to leave the department — 42 percent more than the 1,731 who exited at the same time last year.

In Portland, Oregon, more than 230 police officers have left through retirements or resignations since 2020.

In liberal San Francisco, residents have turned against the Democratic reforms that have failed to halt the steep rise in crime, homelessness and drug use. 

Two thirds of San Francisco residents say their city is going downhill because the issues, and a third plan to leave the city within three years, according to a new poll.

The survey was carried out by The San Francisco Chronicle after the recall election of progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was ousted in June amid frustration over public safety in the deeply Democratic city. 

The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) of senior cops from America’s biggest forces warned in its mid-year report of ‘shocking numbers’ of violent crimes in urban areas compared to the same period last year.

‘Compared to 2019 midyear figures, MCCA member cities have experienced a 50 percent increase in homicides and a roughly 36 percent increase in aggravated assaults,’ the group said in a statement.

Atlanta saw a roughly 20 percent rise and New Orleans a 40 percent rise in homicides, while Washington D.C., Baltimore, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver also saw increases. 

Violent crime — along with gun control, inflation and the economy — are prominent in voters’ minds ahead of the midterms, which will determine control of the Democratic-held House and Senate for the rest of President Joe Biden’s first term.

About three-quarters of registered voters said the economy was very important to them, while about six-in-ten voters cited gun policy, violent crime, health care, voting policies and education, a Pew Research Center poll found last month.

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