New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blames the recent NYC crime surge on unemployment, stating residents need to "shoplift to get some bread."
While Ocasio-Cortez was appearing on a town hall she hosted on Thursday, she was asked about the NYC crime surge which has occurred recently.
“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now?" she replied. "The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?"
AOC on increased NYC crime: "Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don't have money so... they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry." pic.twitter.com/oHSTWWJZ6a
— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2020
"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," Ocasio-Cortez continued, "so they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
It's interesting the Congresswoman doesn't think the call to defund the police she has led to a surge in crime. Or that Bill de Blasio has cut a billion-dollar cut in the budget of the NYPD.
More on the story from Fox News:
The New York Democrat recently spoke out against the budget cuts, arguing that they don't go far enough to entirely defund the department, and accused de Blasio of using "budget tricks" and "funny math" in the calculation.
When asked later to comment on the issue, the congresswoman told viewers: "When people ask me 'What does a world where we defund the police look like?', I tell them it looks like a suburb."
AOC has always distanced herself from reality, but this is crazy even for her.
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