There’s really no limit to the depths Democrats will sink to when it comes to defending the indefensible. It will be a cold day in hell before someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ever admits that, yes, even black people can do bad things, and yes, we probably need police in New York City streets to keep the city from devolving into a war zone. Nope, she’s not going to admit that any more than she’s going to admit that we need airplanes, cars, air conditioning, and cows to keep American running.
The problem only comes when reality threatens to upend your ridiculous ideology.
But see, even that’s not a problem if you’re willing to say literally anything, no matter how silly, to stay inside your socialist bubble. That’s why, if you’re a socialist on the Seattle city council, you blame Donald Trump for a shooting inside the CHOP. That’s why, if you’re a leftist public health official, you assure people that it’s somehow permissible to gather on the streets and protest even in the middle of a pandemic. That’s why, if you’re Ocasio-Cortez, you dream up a fantasy about starving workers when trying to explain why violent crime is skyrocketing in the Big Apple.
“So why is this uptick in crime happening?” Ocasio-Cortez asked on Zoom. “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,” she continued. “They’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
She continued: “Maybe it’s the fact that unemployment provisions have not been given to everyone. Maybe it’s because the fact that people, some people still haven’t gotten their stimulus checks yet.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestions might make sense if there was a sudden epidemic of bread-thievery in New York, but that’s not what’s happening. What’s happening is that, in the wake of looting and rioting, the NYPD feels absolutely no support from either the populace or the mayor’s office. What’s happening is that shootings in the city are up 130% from this time last year. What’s happening is that, amid calls to defund the police, New Yorkers are getting a sneak preview of what that future is going to look like.
A future that people like Ocasio-Cortez are only too happy to shape.
Question is: Are we going to stand aside and let them?