When worlds collide!
On Monday, the Left’s most beloved and admired congresswoman, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, made headlines when she explained that the surge in violent crimes, especially murder, in New York City is not the result of the war on police. “Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so … they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
It’s a pretty convoluted sentence, but it boils down ultimately to the claim that New Yorkers are stealing loaves of bread, which they then use as barter to pay the rent. Yes, I know, that doesn’t solve the problem of feeding their hungry children, but when an active mind like Ocasio-Cortez’s tries to cram every social justice grievance she can think of (greedy landlords, poverty, substandard housing, the current economy) into a single lengthy sentence something is sure to get left at the curb.
The day after Ocasio-Cortez shared her theory, the Left’s most beloved and admired governor, Andrew Cuomo, weighed in on the comment. (A transcript follows the video.)
An incorrect — I don’t know what she said, so I have no comment on what she said, but people have theories. An incorrect theory doesn’t wind up being correct because there’s a void. And I think — we have been talking about what’s going on. I don’t think there is one answer, but I think you raised a good point last week. I think there are a number of contributing factors. And you put all those factors together and that’s what you’re seeing going on. There’s no one factor and that’s why it’s more complicated. You know, in politics, they want to be able to say it’s just this. It’s not just this. There are a number of factors. But I don’t think — It is factually impossible that somebody committed a crime so they could pay their rent. If you can’t pay your rent, you cannot be evicted right now.
So in the end, the only flaw he can find in Ocasio-Cortez’s “logic” — if one can dare call it that — is that New Yorkers can’t be evicted during the pandemic, so why would someone steal to pay their rent?
Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t respsonded, but she doesn’t like being called wrong or stupid, so we’ll see if any fur flies before this battle between two great intellects is resolved.