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U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) evidently doesn’t want cops arresting turnstile jumpers and other fare-dodging scofflaws who are accessing public transportation, an idea that is getting minimal traction on social media.
The far-left, race-obsessed ‘Squad’ member has sponsored a bill that would abolish what she considers the “criminalization” of fare enforcement as part of a plan to allocate taxpayer dollars to states and localities to offset presumably lost fare revenues. These government grants could potentially eliminate subway and bus fares and thereby enable passengers to ride for free.
According to a summary of the bill co-sponsored with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass), “The Freedom to Move Act is a critical step forward and would make transportation more safe, green, reliable, and free for transit riders.”
On Saturday, the Boston-area congresswoman took to Twitter to remind her approximately 560,000 followers of the wisdom of her legislation:
“Black and Latinx commuters are disproportionately criminalized by fare evasion policies. Congress must pass my Freedom to Move Act to grant Black and brown riders the freedom to navigate their community without fear.”
Black and Latinx commuters are disproportionately criminalized by fare evasion policies.
Congress must pass my #FreedomtoMove Act to grant Black and brown riders the freedom to navigate their community without fear.
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) March 26, 2022
Pressley previously claimed that fair enforcement inordinately targets minority groups.
Separately, according to various media outlets, Pressley deleted a tweet expressing support for actor Will Smith who slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening.
Rock’s quip compared the hairstyle of Jada Pinkett Smith to that of Demi Moore in her star turn in 1997’s “G.I. Jane.”
“#Alopecia nation stand up! Thank you #WillSmith. Shout out to all the husbands who defend their wives living with alopecia in the face of daily ignorance & insults. Women with baldies are for real men only. Boys need not apply,” she reportedly asserted on the social media platform.
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) March 28, 2022
In response to Pressley’s tweet about the Freedom to Move Act, many social media users are suggesting that the lawmaker metaphorically should stay in her lane.
Here is just a sample:
Simple solution…PAY YOUR FARE!!
— Ron Murphy (@GRIP2013) March 26, 2022
LatinX is offensive please stop using it. I am a Latino of Mexican decent.
— Santos R (@SantosR93017383) March 27, 2022
So you are saying what people pay should be based on race?
— Jim DeRonck (@JDRonck) March 26, 2022
How is any person disproportionately criminalized by a policy that requires one to pay the fare before riding the train? Please, I’m truly interested in the explanation. . .
— Muss Muggins (@paulhboyd1) March 26, 2022
If they don’t pay the fare, they are stealing, which makes them a thief and therfore a criminal.
How do you not understand how the laws work?
Also, your law is racist if you have carve outs based on the color of the offender.
— Battle for Republic (@battle4Republic) March 26, 2022
Fare evasion is theft of a service. Either pay or don’t use it.
— Harry Johnson (@BigfanofBrandon) March 26, 2022
Your bill provides five-year grants to cities to provide fare-free public transportation.
Many ways to sell this bill. Low income workers, college students, youth; they’d all benefit from extra money in their pockets.
You make it about protecting fare evaders. 🤦♂️
— Gregory Conley (@GregTHR) March 27, 2022
Yes passing laws that apply to people differently based on their race certainly won’t have any unintended consequences
— Call Me Natty 🏆 (@OutOfKenTroll) March 26, 2022
Congresswoman can you explain to me how the policies discriminate? Do the policies specifically denote penalties by race? No didn’t think so. Is the disproportion in who are evading the fares vs any policy. What you are really suggestion is free transportation. For who?
— dottat (@dottat1) March 27, 2022
As a Hispanic every time I hear the word Latinx I am more Republican than ever.
— osmar ramirez (@osmarra04450756) March 27, 2022
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