UPDATED 9:04 AM PT – Monday, June 28, 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has doubled down on defunding the police. During a recent town hall, the New York Democrat said concerns about the nation’s crime surge are simply “hysteria.”
Her remarks came just days after the National Fraternal Order of Police reported shootings in New York City rose 64 percent this year compared with this time in 2020. However, Ocasio-Cortez claimed Americans are misinterpreting these reports and said now is the time to slash law enforcement budgets.
As Violent Crime SURGES across America, some politicians and some in the media are gaslighting the public into thinking the Police are the Problem…
Atlanta ⬆️ 58%
Portland ⬆️ 533%
Philadelphia ⬆️ 37%
New York City ⬆️ 64%
Los Angeles ⬆️ 51%
Chicago ⬆️ 18% pic.twitter.com/5RbhbKY312
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) June 22, 2021
Meanwhile, according to recent reports, a record number of police have resigned since last summer amid her push to defund police protection for American taxpayers. A critic on Twitter pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks come in spite of having armed security on Capitol Hill.
WATCH: Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls the concerns over the spike in crime “hysteria” pic.twitter.com/MMZ2dlAhpM
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 25, 2021