UPDATED 10:12 AM PT – Tuesday, August 18, 2020
New York City has seen a colossal spike in violent crime. This past weekend’s crime rate increased 600 percent compared to the same time last year and experts believe calls to dismantle the police are contributing to that statistic.
The issue has gotten so out of hand it prompted President Trump to tweet this late Sunday:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2020
However, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, it’s the president that’s the issue. The Democrat said he won’t be relying on the White House to solve New York’s crime problem.
“The president blusters and the president tries to draw attention to himself, and rarely has much to back it up,” claimed de Blasio. “The bottom line is the NYPD is obviously, as they have done for decades upon decades, they are the people who can help us address this issue and end this violence.”
Gov. Cuomo took heat Monday after commenting ahead of the weekend that President Trump was liable for some of the violence in the city.
“The genesis of the crime you can have a great debate about, but the Trump economy, Trump not providing COVID relief, George Floyd’s murder, Trump’s response to the George Floyd murder, race relation stress…so, I think Trump has some liability for the increase in crime,” he stated.
Those comments didn’t age well after the city saw 43 people injured in 32 separate incidents throughout the weekend. In light of the weekend violence, conservative New Yorkers turned up the heat on Cuomo for denying the president’s offer to send in federal agents to quell unrest in the city in late July.
Looking forward to November, the president appears intent to capitalize off of the spike in crime and New York’s sky-high taxes in a bid to turn the state red in November.