‘Breakfast Club’ puts NYC mayor in the hot seat, accuses him of ‘fearmongering’ over violence

Democrat New York City Mayor Eric Adams got a wake-up call from the “Breakfast Club” on Friday.

New York lawyer and activist Olayemi Olurin accused Hizzoner of “fearmongering” and “relentlessly” complaining about crime. Adams claimed on the show that the Big Apple’s subway system “is a safe system.”

“We have about two, three hundred crimes happening on the subway system,” he said. “We have six felonies a day on our subway system, out of four million riders.”

After listing all his administration has done to make the system safe, Olurin stepped in.


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“I think it’s your own rhetoric about the subways that has a lot to do with why people feel scared, despite the fact that millions of people ride the subway every day without incident,” she stated. “But you’ve continued to fear-monger about crime in the subways. You’ve added 2,000 police officers, despite the fact that you’ve acknowledged that the subways are not that dangerous.”

“Give me the quotes on my rhetoric because I’m lost on that,” Adams shot back. “Can you give me the quotes?”

Olurin didn’t back down.

“That you fearmonger about the subways?” she asked. “Oh, you’ve consistently done that since day one of your administration.”

“One of the first things you did was add 1,000 offices to the subway because you claimed that the subways are unrideable,” Olurin said. “You and [Gov. Kathy] Hochul did this and said how dangerous it is. And you recently did that when you deployed the National Guard.”

“But that’s not, that wasn’t my question,” Adams countered. “My question was, what was my fear-mongering? What did I say?”

“You continuously say, I could point to a number of videos and quotes and everything from you, but you’ve said repeatedly that the subways are dangerous, that New York is dangerous,” Olurin told him. “You complain about crime relentlessly.”

“So what I’m saying to you is — if you are saying that New York is the safest city, it’s one of the safest big cities in this country, which is true,” she said, “and you’re recognizing that the subway stations are, in fact, not half as dangerous as they’re presented to be — I’m saying, how do you reconcile how your rhetoric has played into people’s fear?”

“And not even just rhetoric? I would say the actions, because she’s right,” host Charlamagne tha God chimed in. “If you put a thousand police officers in the subway twice that in the subway, that don’t make us feel safe, we think something’s wrong if you do that.”

Adams did his best to “peel back” the discussion in which he now found himself.

“Let me, let me first. let me peel back again, because you got to always peel back this stuff, you know, because of oftentimes how you depict in the media that I don’t control is how people interpret you,” Adams said. “I didn’t put the National Guards in the subway. The governor did.”

“I know,” Olurin agreed, “but I know what you said.”

“You stood with Governor Kathy Hochul and you cosigned that decision,” she said. “You did. And I’m not saying this as someone who’s following social media. I’m saying that as an attorney in the city and an activist who follows everything that you do.”

“Yeah. If you, I’m glad you do,” Adams stammered. “But then you realize how I turned the city around. If you follow everything I do, you realize that–”

Olurin hinted that she was just warming up.

“I would say no,” she told Adams, “but we could get to that next.”

Melissa Fine

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