AOC Dismisses Concern Over Violent Urban Crime as 'Hysterics'

Brittany M. Hughes | June 29, 2021
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New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who regularly takes to social media to display dramatics most common in, say, eighth-grade girls, brushed off a massive spike in violent crime in America’s major metropolitan areas, including her own home town of New York City, as “hysterics.”

Speaking with fellow N.Y. Rep. Jamaal Bowman over the weekend, AOC said it shouldn’t “drive a hysteria” that crime including homicides, stabbings and gun violence are skyrocketing in many Democrat-controlled cities, including many that voluntarily chose to cut their own police budgets to appease demands from social justice activists.

"We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Now, I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much, but I also want to make sure that this hysteria, you know, that this doesn’t drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context so that we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate in that context."

Those "hysterics" include the eight people who were shot, one of whom died, across the Big Apple Monday night - a victim count that included a 19-year-old who was shot in the arm while on a basketball court. That repeated story has become a sad and all-too-common headline in New York City in recent months. Just two weeks ago, surveillance video caught the harrowing moment when two small children narrowly avoided being shot during an altercation between two gang members on a sidewalk in broad daylight in the Bronx.

According to the NYPD, crime in the Big Apple rose 22 percent last May compared to the same time frame last year. That includes a 47% increase in robbery, nearly 21% increase in assaults, and a 73% increase in shootings. Overall this year, NYC has seen a 17 percent increase in murders compared to 2020.

And NYC isn't the only Democrat-controlled city experiencing a rise in crime.

In LA, where the police budget was cut by $150, the city council had to throw $50 million back into the pot after the city saw a 22-percent increase murders and a 59-percent increase in shootings compared to 2020.

Austin, Texas voted last year to cut $150 from their police budget. Year-to-date, their murder rate is up 200%, Aggravated assaults are up 36% and car thefts have risen 77. The city’s crime rate is now surpassing their population growth.

In Portland, homicides have risen seven-fold and shootings have increased by more than 300%. At the same time, the city council is mulling over a $3 million cut to the current police budget heading into next year. 

But I’m sure people’s rising concerns that they can’t walk down their own streets in broad daylight without getting hit by a stray bullet or get mugged on the subway in full view of the general public is mostly just “hysteria” -- or, at least, so says one of the most hysterical woman in Congress.

Keep in mind, now, that this is the same woman who’s so convinced that the planet will meet its inevitable end due to climate change in the next decade that she wants to pass a $50-93 trillion “Green New Deal” to rebuild every structure in the entire nation and stop the cows from farting to decrease global warming.

This is also the same woman who spent the past half a year wringing her hands on Instagram and complaining she feared for her life on January 6, when a relatively small contingent of unarmed Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building (while AOC was in her office in an entirely different building) and momentarily duked it out with Capitol police. 

The same woman who took to social media to decry the abysmal state of her abuela’s home in Puerto Rico and erroneously blamed Trump for it – a horrid state of affairs from AOC’s hyperbolic post, but which apparently ended up not being a dire enough situation to accept voluntarily-given charity from conservatives who raised money to help fix the place up. 

But sure – people not wanting to get blown away in Times Square at noon on a Tuesday is just “hysterics.”

Then again, that's easy to say for a girl who grew up in Westchester.