Gutfeld dishes on life in crime-ridden NYC: It’s worse than the 70s, violence is random and brutal

(Video: Fox News)

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld lamented the current climate in what was “the greatest city on earth,” reacting to New York City’s surging crime wave in the wake of another subway shooting.

During Monday’s “The Five” on Fox News Channel, Gutfeld reflected on the current Democrat mayoral administration’s efforts to combat crime in the Big Apple; those efforts have not yet been successful, as a second subway shooting occurred Sunday morning in which a 48-year-old man was fatally shot on a Manhattan-bound Q train.

This follows a subway shooting that took place in New York City just one month ago.

“There is a sense of fatalism that these problems are simply inevitable and will not change, and that crime is now just part of life,” Gutfeld observed after his co-hosts weighed in. “It is the exact opposite of the shared optimism that we had, say, 20 years ago, or even 15.”

According to witnesses, as reported by Yahoo! News, the alleged shooter was pacing around, inside the last car of the subway train, on a northbound route through Manhattan, and pulled out a gun.

Those who saw the crime claim there was no communication or provocation between the shooter and the victim, who has been identified as David Enriques.

The alleged shooter ran away from the scene of the crime when it pulled into the Canal Street station, according to law enforcement.

Police have provided a description of the alleged shooter during a press event and said that the man is heavyset, dark-skinned, and has a beard. He was seen at the shooting while wearing a dark hoodie, gray sweatpants, and white tennis shoes.

Enriques, who was identified as an investment researcher for Goldman Sachs, was reportedly shot at close range, with no known motivation by the shooter. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died of his gunshot wound.

Police are still searching for suspects and have made no arrests, to date.

“You had the greatest city on earth that was also safe,” said Gutfeld. “Now it is like, you know what? If you don’t like it, you get out, you know. This is the way it is…”

Gutfeld continued by recalling the violent movies he saw as a young man about New York during the 70s, vowing he would never end up in such a scary place. Ironically, he’s now based in New York City, where Fox News is headquartered.

“I remember watching ‘Death Wish’ and all these movies when I was a kid, thinking I’d never go to New York,” he said. “This is actually worse — and weirder — because the violence is random…it’s brutal… I mean, people [have become] just ghouls… pushing people in front of subways. How do we define rock bottom?”

Many residents were hopeful about current Democratic Mayor Eric Adams, who spent his election campaign focusing on his record working for the New York Police Department and vowing to end the city’s crime wave, which has seen a significant uptick since 2020.

Gutfeld pointed out, however, that things have only become worse since Adams has taken office.

“What is it when the liberal leadership decides, “OK, we can’t take anymore” because everybody else has had enough,” he said. “What does it take? We keep redefining our expectations of society — lower and lower — so that we will now accept a man going to brunch at 11 a.m., in a nice part of town, getting shot dead.”

This all goes back to de Blasio,” he said, referencing the former mayor leaving office on the first of this year, to cheers from both Democrats and Republicans alike.

“He was the one who said, ‘we needed fewer cops on the subway… we needed a lesser presence because it made people uncomfortable,’ and now we’re reaping the consequences,” Gutfeld concluded. “And [now] he says he’s going to run for Congress. Not on my watch.”


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