Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has claimed that the surge in crime in New York City, which includes violent crime, murders and shootings, could be happening because people are “scared to pay their rent” and stealing break to feed their children.
Ocasio-Cortez made these remarks and other misleading far-left statements during a video call that was posted to Twitter by The Hill.
At no point did Ocasio-Cortez acknowledge the fact socialist Mayor Bill de Blasio released thousands of hardened criminals from New York prisons to protect them from the coronavirus, or the $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget. Police data shows that shootings in New York last month were up 130 per cent year on the year – from 89 shootings last year to 205 this year.
Instead, the far-left Congresswoman preferred to suggest the crime surge in her city is caused by noble parents down on their luck “stealing bread” to feed their hungry children.
“So why is this uptick in crime happening?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. “Well, let’s think about it. Do we think this has to do with the fact there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession. Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you maybe have to, they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
“Maybe it’s the fact that unemployment provisions have not been given to [everyone],” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “May it’s because the fact that people, some people still haven’t gotten their stimulus checks yet.”
DailyWire report: Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that the increase in crime is simply people stealing bread to try to feed their families ignores the widespread looting of luxury stores that happened in the city during the recent riots. It also ignores the fact that New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio resisted calls from top Democrats and Republicans to deploy the National Guard to restore order and stop the violence and looting.
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks about the increasing crime rate also fail to address the fact that a lot of the increase in crime that is garnering headlines is an increase in violent crime, including murders and shootings. For example, shootings last month skyrocketed 130% compared to June of 2019.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the increase in crime around the city was causing the city’s justice system to implode. The NYPD also cut their plainclothes unit of 600 officers, and have seen a massive increase in officers retiring – which is likely due, at least in part, to the current anti-police climate that is being pushed by the political Left.
Ocasio-Cortez’s sudden apparent concern for people not having jobs may ring hollow as she previously celebrated a crash in oil prices, which critics said meant that she was “cheering job losses.” Ocasio-Cortez also suggested that low-income Americans should boycott going back to work after the pandemic shutdown was over.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of the people who helped stop Amazon from bringing tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity to New York City.
The New York Times reported that polling showed that the deal was popular across the state and that the majority of New Yorkers, including Democrats, said that the cancellation of the deal was bad for the state. Ocasio-Cortez was also credited with being the top “villain” in why the deal fell apart. It’s also worth noting that as a company, Amazon had to hire an additional 175,000 employees to keep up with the demand that was created during the pandemic, although it’s not clear how many of those jobs would have been created in New York City.
Also, for all her apparent concern for people not having jobs in the current economic environment, Ocasio-Cortez last week reportedly promoted a boycott of Goya Foods – the largest Latino food company in the U.S. – because the company’s CEO said positive things about President Donald Trump.
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