Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is well-known for pushing Socialist policies, claiming to be the voice for Black and Brown communities. AOC, as she is better known, has been among the most vocal in calls to ‘Defund the Police’ – which she says truly means budget cuts and reallocation of funds, not the shuffling and renaming of funding as other Democratic leaders have suggested.
But after attacking NYPD as ineffective as crime in NYC soars, AOC is disappointed to hear that the NYPD union has endorsed President Trump. Can you even imagine their audacity to support a candidate that supports them?
“NYPD union endorsed Trump. I’m sure this is part of their neighborhood outreach plan,” she said. “Also, does anyone else see a potential problem with police unions – enforcement arms of the state with lethal weapons – promoting ‘preferred’ candidates for office or is that just me?”
Let’s back-pedal a little bit here, and see how we got to this point:
- George Floyd dies while in police custody on May 25. The entire encounter is caught on video and clearly shows that he was murdered by one officer while three others look on.
- The nation is outraged (rightfully so) and calls for the arrest of the officer. Protests begin.
- The officer, Derek Chauvin, is arrested on May 29.
- Protests continue across the country and last for over 2 months.
- Many protests turn into riots, looting, and arson – in cities with Democratic mayors.
- BLM, Progressives, and Democrats call to “Defund the Police,” demanding that police forces are at minimum defunded, at best dismantled.
- Crime continues to skyrocket in cities with Democratic mayors, especially shootings and murders.
- Police forces in some cities are forced out of their precincts; some precincts are lit on fire and vandalized. Police are limited from using non-lethal weapons (such as tear gas) against protestors and rioters, despite having items including fireworks thrown at them.
- Many cities introduce budget cuts and reallocation of funds away from police forces.
- More officers are applying for retirement as units are disbanded and crime continues to soar to its highest levels in over 20 years.
NYPD union backs @realDonaldTrump in first-ever presidential endorsement for group.
“I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for the office of the president of the United States until now — that’s how important this is."https://t.co/EUCZ2uzdSl
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 16, 2020
So in very simple terms, an officer crossed a line and was immediately held responsible for it. Protests successfully began the conversation on a national level about police treatment of minorities. Democratic mayors allowed rioters to destroy their cities, preventing police from interfering in the destruction. Very real action to defund and dismantle police departments begins, after attacking police officers and declaring them all useless pigs. And now police are under even more fire for supporting Trump, instead of a candidate who supports their destruction.
After hundreds of thousands of officers have acted ethically and risked their lives for their cities for years, they are being told to go home and watch their cities burn.
But AOC never once considers the anti-police sentiment that is sweeping the nation when she discusses the incredible increase in crime in her own city, NYC.
“This uptick in crime that is happening right now is with a $6 billion dollar New York City Police Department budget. So our $6 billion dollar budget has not prevented this uptick in crime. We have funded more and more, we have shoved more and more and more money every single year into the NYPD – $6 billion dollars – and it has not prevented this uptick in crime,” she said in an online town hall.
AOC went on to make her now-famous statement that the crime in NYC is directly related to unemployment and hungry parents trying to feed their children:
“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 the money, so they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
In NYC, homicides are up 23% this year. The city logged 205 shootings in June, the highest number for the month since 1996. Shoplifting of bread has not seen an increase.
Cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, and Seattle are facing similar increases in violent crimes.
NYPD union boss Pat Lynch acknowledged that it is highly unusual for the PBA to endorse a candidate for President of the United States, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
“That’s how important this is, Mr. President, we’re fighting for our lives out there. We don’t want this to spread to the rest of the country. We need your strong voice across the country,” Lynch said.
President Trump tweeted his support for the NYPD, saying, “I have deeply and profoundly admired the brave men and women of the #NYPD for my entire life. New York’s Finest are truly the best of the best.”
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