Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has continued to speak out following his op-ed in last week’s Philadelphia Inquirer in which he harshly criticized District Attorney Larry Krasner’s response to the city’s record-high murder tally. 

Nutter has been the most prominent (though far from the only) Philly Democrat to take the DA to task for Krasner’s comments at his December sixth press conference in which he said, “We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence.”

Nutter called that “some of the worst, most ignorant, and most insulting comments I have ever heard spoken by an elected official.” He characterized Krasner’s stance as containing “a certain audacity of ignorance and white privilege to say that right now.”

Later in the week, Nutter further explained his criticism of Krasner on CNN Tonight with Michael Smerconish. “You know,” he quipped, “I wish some of these woke people would go back to sleep. They’re not being helpful in the conversation.”

“Larry Krasner has sold the citizens of this city this idea that ‘I’m going to protect you from the police, and that’s all that matters,’” the ex-mayor explained. In response to a social media post Smerconish read saying that there were causes to crime beyond anything a DA could control, Nutter retorted, “Do you know what the DA’s nickname is up on State Road — you know Philly, that’s where all of our prison facilities are — his nickname is ‘Let ‘Em Loose Larry.’ That’s a disgrace.” 

Speaking with Dom Giordano on 1210 WPHT that same day, Nutter elaborated on the relentless toll of murders that spurred him to action. 

“You could add the total of 2014 plus the total of 2015 and it would be less than the number of murders in 2021,” Nutter said. “Two years of homicide numbers in one year.”

“You’re the district attorney,” he said. “The job is prosecution and justice.” 

Further addressing the “woke” attitude that has pervaded the DA’s office since Krasner’s election, Nutter said that “in general, black people don’t hate the police, they hate police brutality.”

The attempt to shift the blame to outside causes did not sit well with the former mayor. 

“This narrative, primarily and in many instances by the DA and by others that somehow it was all pandemic-driven, that’s just not true,” he said, citing the rise in crime that preceded the Covid-19 crisis and continues today.

“When we crossed 500,” Nutter said, “that was the breaking point for me.”

“You could add the total of 2014 plus the total of 2015 and it would be less than the number of murders in 2021,” Nutter said. “Two years of homicide numbers in one year…. You’re the district attorney. The job is prosecution and justice.” 

Krasner was elected in 2017 and was boosted by billionaire progressive mega-donor George Soros. He is often referred to as the “most progressive” prosecutor in the nation in media reports.

Some pundits and media outlets like the Wall Street Journal have portrayed Krasner’s success as simply maintaining support of white liberals who are largely unaffected by the crime wave.

“In poor, minority neighborhoods, backlash against Mr. Krasner is building. Philadelphia is a machine-politics city where incumbents generally get an endorsement, but many of the ward leaders who make up Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee feared that backing Mr. Krasner would turn off voters and hurt their preferred judicial candidates,” the Journal wrote.

Those sentiments, however, came before Krasner won the Democratic primary in May, which put him on a glide path to win re-election last month.

“Ben Waxman, a political consultant in Philadelphia and former communications director for Mr. Krasner, said that along with the black vote, Mr. Krasner had also maintained his support from white progressives,” the New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, Krasner has been on an apology tour since his gaffe, something rarely seen in the headstrong chief prosecutor’s career. 

As the Inquirer reported on Monday, Krasner met with City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, members of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity at Love Zion Baptist Church in North Philadelphia.

“My words unintentionally hurt people,” the embattled DA said. “It was never what I wanted to do. It’s not the work we do everyday. It’s not the work we will do the rest of today. But I know those words were the wrong ones. I chose them. They came out of my mouth. This is on me. I accept responsibility for that, I own that, because I failed in not acknowledging that pain and suffering.”

As the city continues to steadily move past the 500 homicides in a year mark — a record only seen one other time since 1960 — the brazen nature of many of the ongoing crimes have started to grip the city as well.

Video emerged of three suspects robbing two men at gunpoint in Center City to take the victims’ Rolex watches.

During an armed robbery of a Springs Garden pizza shop, a young fourteen-year-old boy related to the store’s owner pulled a handgun from beneath the counter and shot one of the assailants, the Inquirer reported.

The murder of a Temple University student in the middle of the day, and just one day after Thanksgiving, also set off a fresh round of community concern.

“Dear @PHLCouncil members, Silence Is Violence 2023 is approaching,” one city resident tweeted, referring to upcoming council elections. “Ikey Raw will be reminding the voters in Philadelphia of your silence. It’s nothing PERSONAL it’s only POLITICS! Thank you @Joanna4PA for speaking about the insensitive comments made by @DA_LarryKrasner.”

Kyle Sammin is a senior contributor to The Federalist, co-host of the Conservative Minds podcast, and resident of Montgomery County. He writes regularly for Broad + Liberty@KyleSammin

4 thoughts on “Nutter on homicide crisis: “I wish some of these woke people would go back to sleep.””

  1. According to the Philadelphia City Commissioners office, there are 1,050,042 registered voters in the city. In the last election 229,700 people voted. So 750,342 didn’t vote. Krasner got 155,102 votes and Peruto received 60,304. 570 went to write-in candidates for a total of 215,976. There’s an unreported story here.

  2. Krasner is a parasite building his own lucrative career on the backs of people who deal with problems he’s been sheltered from his entire privileged life.

  3. This is the same Mike Nutter who called for an “investigation” into Robert Huber’s laughably cautious 2013 article in Phillymag, “Being White in Philly”:

    He can complain about this “Woke” crap all he wants, but it doesn’t get any more “Woke” than calling for an investigation into an article!

    If BLM actually cared about black lives, they would protest outside of Krasner’s house like they do to so many others. But their true goal is to prevent the enforcement of laws because black people commit so much more violent crime than any other demographic and they refuse to admit that disparities in outcome are caused by disparities in behavior.

  4. Mayor Nutter is RIGHT ON!! The people of Philly need to wise up and throw out the POS Krasner. He is abetting crime. I consider him a criminal the same as Gascon in LA. These leftist DAs do not care a damn about crime victims or restore law and order in cities.

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