Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is evidently smarter than she typically behaves.
Case in point: In remarks made to The New York Times on Saturday, she acknowledged that her party may have been able to retain the House had New York Democrats taken the issue of crime much, much, much more seriously.
“That is an issue that had to be dealt with early on, not 10 days before the election. The governor didn’t realize soon enough where the trouble was,” she said.
That’s putting it gently, though at least Pelosi is on the right track — for once.
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Just a few weeks before the November election, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul downplayed violent crime in her state, according to the New York Post, chalking it up to a few “high-profile” crimes that have “created a sense of fear in people’s minds.”
“I deal with real facts and I deal with people’s fear. And I address both. The real facts are, is that we’ve been so aggressive about this, driving down gun violence with getting guns off the streets and all these measures,” she added.
Dovetailing back to the present, as of Sunday morning, 11 people had already been shot and 3 killed this weekend in New York City alone.
“The violence started [Saturday morning] at around 4 a.m. at the Amadeus Nightclub on Albion Avenue in Queens. An argument inside the club escalated to a shooting outside that killed a 19-year-old man and injured a 31-year-old woman. Police said the suspect escaped in a black and white SUV,” CBS News reported.
“At around 3 p.m., shots rang out on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, where officers found two victims. A 23-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and a 19-year-old man was shot in the arm. They were hospitalized and expected to be OK. It was not immediately clear if they were the intended targets.”
A couple hours later around 6:00 pm, local authorities responded after a teenager was shot in the Bronx.
Three more hours later, the “next shooting of the day happened at around 9 p.m. on East 46th Street in Brooklyn.”
“Once again, police found two victims. A 30-year-old man died after he was shot in the torso. A 28-year-old man was recovering after being shot in the shoulder,” according to CBS News.
“About an hour later, police found four more gunshot victims in the Bronx, near Morris Avenue and 166th Street in the Councourse Village section. Police said the oldest victim, 33, was shot in the stomach and died. The others, as young as 24, were in stable condition,” CBS reported.
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But in fairness to Hochul, at least she and NYC Mayor Eric Adams tried to resolve the crisis by, as an example, adding more subway cops.
“NYPD and MTA will surge officer presence on platforms by approximately 1,200 additional overtime officer shifts each day on the subway — equating to approximately 10,000 additional overtime patrol hours every day — as well as two new dedicated units at psychiatric centers to help provide those experiencing serious mental health illness with the assistance they need,” Hochul’s office announced in late October.
But guess what happened when they pursued this action. Their fellow Democrats cried foul, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leading the charge.
“A lot of people think that crime is up, when we actually see that shootings are down, when we see that huge indicators on the most violent crime in New York City is down,” she said during a radio appearance at the time.
“Subway crime is up, but let’s also note that subway crime is up after they committed so many more officers to the subway system. So that also tells us from a policy perspective, adding more cops to the subway isn’t solving this problem,” she added.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blames THE POLICE for higher subway crime.
“Subway crime is up after they committed so many more officers to the subway system.” pic.twitter.com/HjrEj2rfNA
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Despite these remarks, the socialist lawmaker won reelection, albeit in a district that’s dark blue beyond repair.
Dovetailing back to Pelosi’s remarks, they come two months after Democrats lost control of the U.S. House in the November midterm elections, in part because of all of the New York seats they lost.
“Republicans managed to flip four Democratic Congressional seats in New York state, an accomplishment that should allow them to take control of the House of Representatives,” the Financial Times admitted.
“In a particularly ignominious defeat for the Democrats, Sean Patrick Maloney, the five-term Congressman who chaired his party’s election committee, lost his own seat in a district north of New York City to Republican state assemblyman Mike Lawler. The Democratic debacle has prompted disbelief among party faithful that New York state, a heartland where they outnumber registered Republicans two to one, was the place where they ended up being so vulnerable,” according to the Times.
But like Pelosi — of all people — noted, this is what can happen when lawmakers elected to take care of the public decide to mock their concerns instead …
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