District Attorney Chesa Boudin is on track to be recalled. While Boudin and his allies paint the recall as a sinister Republican ploy, it is the city’s Asian Americans who are leading the charge to get rid of him.
A poll released Wednesday by the San Francisco Standard found that 67% of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters supported the recall of Boudin. That is significantly higher than the support for the recall from Hispanics (52%), white voters (51%), and black voters (34%). Overall, 57% of voters back the recall, compared to just 22% in opposition.
Boudin’s view that criminals are the real victims of crime has allowed repeat criminals in San Francisco to run rampant. Asian Americans have been among the hardest hit, with a 567% increase in reported hate crimes in 2021 compared to 2020. High-profile incidents include a 69-year-old man being brutally beaten with a baseball bat and an 84-year-old man who was attacked and killed while walking near his home.
Asian residents of San Francisco already turned out in droves to recall three of the city’s school board members after a series of missteps on education and the board’s vice president directing racial slurs at Asian Americans. Now, that same voting bloc is poised to send another progressive official packing, as Boudin has been unable and unwilling to protect San Francisco residents and keep unapologetic career criminals behind bars.
With the recall less than a month away and Boudin consistently losing in the polls by a wide margin, it is difficult to see how he can hang on to his job. While national Democrats made “stop Asian hate” a brief rallying cry, Boudin left Asian Americans in his city out to dry. As the city’s school board discovered, it was a politically fatal mistake.