Josh Kruger, a Philadelphia-based socialist journalist and activist, was shot and died inside his house on Monday. Kruger has a long history of trivializing violent crime in the city and even openly making fun of those who voiced worries about homicides there.
Breaking: Leftist journalist and activist Josh Kruger @JoshKrugerPHL has been tragically shot dead at his Philadelphia home. Kruger has long downplayed gun violence in his city and publicly chastised others who spoke about it. pic.twitter.com/pcl5c4Z1Y8
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 2, 2023
Around 1:30 am on Monday, the 39-year-old Kruger was shot seven times at a house in the 2300 block of Watkins Street.
In relation to the incident, no one has been taken into custody.
Kruger was well-known for holding outright far-left political beliefs and for being passionately opposed to any that did not coincide with his own.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Straight people, this isn't middle school, unclasp your goddamn hands for a second so your opposite direction sidewalk neighbors can traverse the highway without being tossed by your beastly partner into the gutter. Share the road, straights. pic.twitter.com/mNvUS64pl9
— Josh Kruger (@JoshKrugerPHL) August 19, 2023
Additionally, Kruger had a history of opposing the police.
Additionally, he was vehemently opposed to former president Donald Trump. Kruger asserted that Trump’s election as president was only possible due of “racism.”
Racism is the only reason Donald Trump ever became president. Racism is the only through line in the frenetic ideology of Trumpism. It was racism during the KKK march on Washington, Lindbergh's crypto-nazi America First, and the John Birch Society. And it's racism today, too.
— Josh Kruger (@JoshKrugerPHL) October 16, 2021