AOC Blames NYC Crime Boom on People…Stealing Bread

( Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the most extreme left-wing Congresswoman in history and a representative of New York, claimed that the recent crime boom in her city might be a result of people stealing bread. AOC said that people in the city are “scared to pay their rent” because of the country’s ongoing employment crisis, and may be stealing food just to survive.

Ocasio-Cortez made the claim during a Zoom interview. A clip of the video was published on Twitter by The Hill, in which she can be heard also claiming that the recent decision to remove $1 billion from the New York Police Department budget wasn’t real.

It is, however, very real. CNN reported that the new and approved budget for the NYPD includes around $484 million in cuts, and a further $354 million will be reallocated to agencies other than the police department who are better positioned to carry out those duties. A further $162 million was taking from the NYPD budget in “associated costs,” which totals more than $1 billion. So AOC is wrong.

Speaking about the recent spike in crimes in the city, AOC wondered out loud.

“Well, let’s think about it,” she said. “Do we think this has to do with the fact there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession. 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 maybe you have to, they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

I mean, it’s a nice thought and all, but it’s not true. Crime in New York City does not include stealing bread. In recent weeks, violent crime waves have hit the city. It culminated in the shocking video of a man and his young daughter walking together across the street before a man winds down his car window and shot the father in the head. In broad daylight.