Even MSNBC’s Scarborough is ripping progressives for ‘extraordinarily clueless’ take on crime

A couple of centuries ago, some privileged princess is said to have responded with a marked lack of compassion to the peasants’ complaint that they had no bread. “Let them eat cake,” she said. Or so the story goes.

Perhaps we’ll have new heartless quips to add to the lexicon of insulated elites when the history of the Biden years is written.

The other day, President Joe Biden said “Our economy is strong as hell.” This week New York City Mayor Eric Adams complained that he had to “deal with…the perception of fear” on the streets and in the subways. Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman (or Fetterwoman) wrote about the “damage created by the school-to-prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex, and ‘tough on crime’ policies like ‘Stop and Frisk’ and cash bail.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is no longer amused. He finds it “jarring” that progressive candidates this election cycle are talking about stuff no one cares about – Jan 6, abortion, and climate change – while ignoring or having unpopular stances on top issues like crime, illegal immigration, and inflation.

The “Morning Joe” host aired a segment of a Philadelphia panel of black voters and concluded that progressives have been “extraordinarily clueless” on the campaign trail this cycle, especially as regards public safety.

Having heard the panelists’ concerns and priorities, Scarborough said, “That is so jarring and we hear it everywhere…from Philadelphia to New York to San Francisco. In an Oklahoma debate yesterday, or a couple of days ago, the Democratic candidate said crime was higher per capita there than in New York, and was laughed off the stage — it ended up being the case.”

Even as cities become more and more dangerous, progressives stick to their soft-on-crime policies. Scarborough finds that galling and self-destructive as Americans prepare to vote.

“There’s a massive crime wave, and, you know, yes, it does fall on both parties, but when you have woke DAs in Philadelphia basically saying they don’t have a crime problem, when you have cops quitting left and right in Philadelphia because, you know, they’re not going to risk their lives so they can arrest people who are going to be out on the street the next day,” he continued.

This current episode of American life could go down as the 2022 edition of the George Floyd riots. Amidst burning businesses, looting, and raging violence, reporters ludicrously parroted the narrative: “As you can see, these protests are mostly peaceful. Back to you in the studio.”

As Scarborough put it, “Progressives on crime in places like Philadelphia and New York are so extraordinarily clueless. It’s maddening. And yet, you see it in these focus groups.”

Of course, Scarborough’s advice is not to get tough on crime and punishment. His approach is to pass gun laws as if that has anything at all to do with the crime problem in the cities. If anything, talk of gun control emboldens criminals.

So, as he has repeatedly demonstrated, Joe is not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he rightly observes that progressives are not addressing crime, which is the top issue in the cities. Analysts say it could affect voter turnout in those cities more than anything else.

Mayor Eric Adams, Mr. Tough On Crime on the campaign trail last year, said earlier this week that the media has created a false perception of subway crime. Don’t believe your lying eyes, people. It’s not what it looks like. And pay no attention to the violent crime numbers, which are up 39% this year through August, compared to 2019.

“You look at the cover of the New York Post and you have Eric Adams saying, ‘Oh, crime’s not that bad in New York,’” said MSNBC’s Elise Jordan. “I don’t know about you, but I know a lot of people, if they can afford to not take the subway, they aren’t taking the subway these days.”

Elizabeth Gomes was badly beaten in an unprovoked attack in a Queens station in September. She could lose her eye. Her husband Clement Tucker said, “The mayor don’t take the train, the mayor don’t walk… He needs to think about the people out here suffering.”

A bus driver from Williamsburg, Sahl Masih, said that Adams was in “denial.”

“Ask anyone who rides the subway if it’s perception. Is what you’re seeing perception or reality? All these homeless people on the train — are they just perception? When the mayor of New York City can’t own up to the reality of a problem that even a tourist can see, it makes you really wonder why you voted for the guy.”

Like Scarborough, Adams blames the guns.


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