Fox News host Jeanine Pirro made waves Friday by blasting New York City Mayor Eric Adams as a “p—y” too scared to do what’s necessary to stop the city’s devastating crime wave.
She offered the unabashed criticism during a crime debate with Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera on Fox News’s “The Five.”
The debate began with Pirro taking a broad swipe at all crime-tolerating left-wing political leaders.
“The truth is that violent crime is gripping America’s cities because the people who are leading this country have decided that our legal system should be consumed with concern for the criminal and not for the victim,” she said.
“So we have to ask ourselves, why weren’t we here 10 years ago? Why weren’t we here 20 years ago? The reason we weren’t is because we were a nation of law and order and consequence. They came in with this concept of social justice, and they ruined it for all of us. When the first order of government … is a protection of its citizens and they don’t do it, they need to be voted out of office.”
Pirro then turned her attention specifically to Adams.
“I’m gonna go after him again. Mayor Eric Adams, he’s a failure. ‘That guy’s a former police captain,’ everybody said. ‘Yeah, the streets are going to be safer,'” she said, recounting the excitement that had surrounded his election to office.
“You’re a failure! You talk the talk; you don’t walk the walk. You don’t call out [New York Gov. Kathy] Hochul. You don’t call out the legislature and say change the bail laws, they’re coming out, they’re killing us,” she added in exasperation.
FYI, she had a valid point about Adams:
Crime in NYC sees staggering increase over last year despite Mayor Adams’ vow to crackdown https://t.co/ANiW5p60Se pic.twitter.com/zxirwtzOih
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 21, 2022
But as usual, Rivera disagreed and tried to offer his latest hot take.
“I disagree with that about Mayor [Adams],” he said.
“Why, because you like him!? Tell me he’s effective,” Pirro promptly retorted.
“I not only like him, I respect his attempts to rein in violent crimes,” Rivera added.
“What attempt? What attempts?” Pirro barked in renewed exasperation.
“He’s gone to Gov. [Kathy] Hochul. He’s going to these others trying to get bail reform,” Rivera replied.
That’s when Pirro snapped.
“What the hell has he said about Hochul? No, he’s a p—y!” she exclaimed, triggering laughter from some of her peers, including Rivera.
“When he came back, you know what he said? When he came back to talk about that meeting, this is what he said: ‘I don’t want to talk to you about this.’ He didn’t want to talk to us about it because he didn’t do anything,” the fiery Fox News host continued.
It’s not clear what meeting she was referring to. What’s known is that New York State boasts a disastrous bail law that’s allowed dangerous criminals to easily make it back out onto the streets after committing serious crimes. What’s also known is that Hochul rewrote the law in May, but that the revisions barely made a difference.
To Adams’ credit, he has spoken out about the bail law:
Eric Adams slams ‘broken’ bail reform, reveals TEN recidivists responsible for nearly 500 arrests, most roaming free via @americanwire_ – https://t.co/J0pJQRr89y
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 4, 2022
“Time and time again, our police officers are making arrests, and then the person who is arrested for assault, felonious assault, robberies, and gun possessions, they’re finding themselves back on the street within days, if not hours after arrest, and they go on to commit more crimes within weeks, if not days,” he said during a press conference last month.
“Under the current law, judges are not allowed to consider whether someone is a threat to public safety when deciding whether or not to hold them in custody. This is a big mistake. New York, as the commissioner stated, is the only state in the union that is not unified on the power of public safety as a prerequisite to how we judge these cases,” he said.
He added, “As a result of this insane, broken system, our recidivism rates have skyrocketed, and those who say that the predicted wave of recidivism wouldn’t happen and the studies that claim to show that the rate of arrests for violent felonies has not changed since the reforms were passed, I have one word for you: wrong. You are wrong.”
That said, it’s not clear whether he’s ever addressed his concerns directly with Hochul.
With crime surging and getting “out of hand,” New Yorkers have resorted to hiring private security for protection.
“The worst it’s been in 21 years when it comes to crime.” pic.twitter.com/hduuzN3ZfQ
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 12, 2022
Returning to “The Five,” the debate continued with network contributor Katie Pavlich asking Rivera “where do we go from here.”
“The more extreme the crime gets, the more extreme the solution has to be to tamp down on that crime. And as the judge mentions, there has been very little done to curtail this problem, and the murder rates are going up. The violent crime rate is going up in New York and L.A and other cities across the country,” she said.
Responding to Pavlich’s point, Rivera suddenly decided to completely change the subject.
“I noticed, Katie, how quick we are to load up undocumented immigrants — illegal immigrants — as criminals. The fact is that they commit fewer crimes than natural-born citizens,” he said.
Huh!? What did that have to do with the topic? It’s not even clear …
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