New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested over the weekend that the increase in crime in New York City is likely due to struggling residents being forced to shoplift to “feed their sons”.
In a virtual town hall meeting she held Thursday, and The Hill, the 30-year-old Democratic congresswoman, shared some clips about the troubling rise in violent crime that hit the city.
“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there is record unemployment in the United States right now?” She replied. “The fact that people are at a level of economic despair that we haven’t seen since the Great Recession?”
“Perhaps this has to do with the fact that people are not paying the rent and are afraid to pay the rent, so they go out and need to feed their children and have no money,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “So they feel like they need to steal some bread or go hungry.”
The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported a staggering increase in shootings and violent crimes in recent weeks, as authorities warn that there is “a storm on the horizon” amid calls for changes.
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On Saturday, the New York Post reported 15 shootings in 15 hours, just a week after the city saw a bloody July 4 weekend with 44 shootings and at least eight deaths.
However, the congresswoman and vocal advocate for the “disbursement police” movement insisted that the increase in crime is unrelated to the $ 1 billion New York police budget cuts announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio, that have not yet entered into force, he said.
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The New York Democrat recently spoke out against the budget cuts, arguing they don’t go far enough to completely fade the department, and accused de Blasio of using “budget tricks” and “fun math” in the calculation.
When asked later to comment on the issue, the congresswoman told viewers: “When people ask me, ‘What is a world like where we spend police money?’ I reply that it looks like a suburb.”