MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle confronts Gov. Hochul on NY becoming San Francisco: ‘We don’t feel safe’

Democrats have set about distracting from the failures of their policies as a matter of perception vs. reality, especially when it comes to rising crime. While corporate media has been all too willing to perpetuate the narrative, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) received some unexpected pushback Friday on MSNBC when anchor Stephanie Ruhle bluntly stated, “We don’t feel safe.”

(Video: MSNBC)

New Yorkers weary of progressive district attorneys like Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg whose approach has fostered lawlessness in New York City, incumbent Hochul is facing a tighter race than expected as Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) has promised to tackle crime head on. While some at the network have remained willing to parrot the talking points, Ruhle challenged the governor during a sit-down interview for “The 11th Hour.”

“Here’s the problem,” she said after interrupting Hochul’s attempt to address public safety. “We don’t feel safe. You might be working closely with Mayor Adams, you may have spent a whole lot of money, but I walk into my pharmacy and everything is on lockdown because of shoplifters.”

“I’m not going in the subway. People don’t feel safe in this town. So, you may have done these things, but right now, we’re not feeling good,” Ruhle expressed. “We’re worried we could be San Francisco.”

Perhaps admitting more than she should have about how destructive progressive policies have been to cities across the country, Hochul fired back, “We’ll never be San Francisco.”

Surprisingly, the host didn’t allow her guest to get away with glossing over a blanket statement about the crime ridden city that recalled its DA Chesa Boudin in June by more than 60 percent as she insisted Hochul explain, “Why?”

To that end, the governor attempted to negate the threat of rape, assault, burglary and grand theft auto among other violent crimes that have been on the rise by touting a decrease in homicides and shootings while also saying the problem was a nationwide concern. “So, I’m not sure how firing one district attorney in one borough in New York is going to deal with the crime issue across the state, across the nation.”

Of note, when Hochul had addressed the same problem on MSNBC while speaking with Al Sharpton, she had referred to rampant crime in Democrat states as a “conspiracy going all across America” as she peddled the idea that “The safer places are the Democrat states.”

Ruhle wasn’t satisfied with the brush off of the topic and pressed further, “It doesn’t matter what’s happening in other cities or other states. The reason people don’t feel safe in New York is why they’re starting to say, ‘can Kathy Hochul be the right governor,’ right? It doesn’t really matter what’s happening in Pennsylvania or San Francisco, you need to get New Yorkers’ votes. And safety is a top issue for us.”

The governor had also faced scrutiny from CNN’s Poppy Harlow Friday, and while the framing of the questions appeared to be an effort to allay the concerns of New York voters, Hochul’s claim to be “working in the trenches, rolling up her sleeves, getting the job done,” didn’t stand up against the rampant crime that Zeldin has attributed in part to cashless bail that has allowed for recidivism essentially without consequence.



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