Chatting with his lead-in on Tuesday, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo told Don Lemon that reports of increased murder and shootings in several American cities was nothing more than a fake news myth brought to you by the “right-wing media machine.”
Two days later, it appears that Cuomo got his news from a source he could trust, because he finally admitted that violence is rising in some of the largest (and Democrat-controlled) cities in the nation. But instead of suggesting that this violence might be related to the powerful anti-police sentiment sweeping the country, Cuomo said that it was the inevitable result of the economy opening after the coronavirus lockdowns.
“The number of homicides are spiking. Look at the data. New York, Chicago, Louisville, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Denver, Miami,” Cuomo said. “The White House says it cares.”
He played a clip of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany admonishing the press corps for completely ignoring the rise in crime.
“I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week, and over the last seven days, shootings skyrocket by 142 percent. Not one question,” McEnany said in the clip. “We need to be focused on securing our streets, making sure no lives are lost.”
No, no, Kayleigh. Didn’t you hear Don Lemon the other night. Black lives only matter when they’re killed by police. That’s all that matters. Get with the program!
“Now, they have offered no way to do those things. So, why do they care? Well, they care if they can blame it on their opponents. But let’s see how Ms. I-Won’t-Lie-to-You and the rest of team Trump feel after we drop some truth on their roof!” Cuomo said.
“The increases started in June. You say, ‘Ay, wasn’t that about the same time as the protests, all those calls to defund the police? That’s got to be the reason. See, you turn on the cops and the criminals run wild.’ That’s why she wants questions about it, to say that, right?” he continued. “But what else started in June? Well, states started lifting stay-at-home orders then, didn’t they? Well, you don’t know that that’s what it was. Okay. Then, why in April and May, when businesses were closed and we were all forced to stay home, were homicides down? Also, homicide rates, as you may now, almost always spike in summer. Why? Kids are out of school, more people are out in general and in contact with each other. So more chances for beefs, good and bad. Added to a seasonal increase in drug consumption, and you get more of us at our worst.”
Uh-huh. That sure sounds like a lot of speculation. Sure sounds like you’re going way around the other side of the bend to find some reason – ANY reason – that we can blame for the spike in violence so that we don’t have to blame the left.
By the way, Chris, your theories about the end of the lockdown might hold weight if this crime was spiking only in relation to where it was a month or two ago. The problem is that crime in New Orleans, Chicago, Minneapolis, and other cities is up 50-60% from this time last year. The comparison isn’t with March, Chris. It’s with the same time in 2019. How would the pandemic lockdown explain that type of surge?
Don’t bother answering. We know that nothing is the fault of the protesters. Not the rise in crime, not the spike in COVID infection rates, not even the buildings they burned in Minneapolis. They are perfect vessels of God’s truth who must be treated as angels on Earth. We’re sure it’s disgruntled, white, cisgendered Trump supporters out there killing people in Detroit. You don’t have to prove it.
It’s enough just to feel it.