NYC Mayor Adams puts onus on the innocent amid subway crime surge, suggests no headphones

New York City Mayor Eric Adams got up early on Friday for an interview on the WNYW Fox 5 morning show, “Good Day New York,” where he appeared tired and sounded a little hoarse, most likely as a result of his well-publicized late-night galivanting around the Big Apple for which he has been criticized for months as crime in his city soars out of control.

(Video: Fox 5 NY)

Rather than lay hero-worship on the Democrat, co-hosts Rosanna Scotto and Bianca Peters expressed how they feel increasingly unsafe in the city.

Scotto began, “Every day, it seems we’re hearing about another violent attack in our city, on the streets, in the transit system, crimes are happening everywhere, putting many of us on edge and making us feel more vulnerable than ever.”

“Crime is up. August was terrible in New York City. I think there were over 783 attacks on people on the subway. The workers there. The numbers are up. Why does it seem like you’re blaming the media for the perception of crime?” she asked Adams.

But the so-far completely ineffectual mayor believes that in order to tackle crime, the citizens of New York must first be made to feel safe. Yes, you read that right. If the public starts feeling safe, there will be less crime.

“No, it’s about how do we feel, and this is what I learned in my early days of policing,” he attempted to explain. “New Yorkers must feel safe and we must deal with the actual crimes at the same time, and that’s what I’m saying, that until New Yorkers are feeling safe, we’re not going to be successful.”

Adams said that subway arrests are up 47 percent in the city, which he seemed to intimate was an indication of progress. But much like the southern border, where apprehensions of illegal aliens have also increased, any correlation between cause and effect is ignored.

Co-host Peters remarked, “I rode the subway yesterday. I haven’t put my air pods in for over a year because I feel like I need to be very much aware.  That’s a quality of life issue.”

Rather than address what a travesty daily life has become in NYC (consistent with other Democrat-led cities) the mayor simply placed the onus back on the innocent.

“Well first, I think that you were right about, you know, not having your iPods in – not focusing on the phone,” Adams replied. “And I say yes to that. I do the same, and we put out a video and information telling people about being aware of what’s around them and what’s taking place. I encourage New Yorkers to do that.”

“On Day One I took the subway system, I felt unsafe. I saw homeless everywhere. People were yelling on the trains. There was a feeling of disorder,” the former NYPD captain said in January. “So as we deal with the crime problem, we also have to deal with the fact people feel unsafe.”

Adams reiterated that point during his appearance on the local show.

“It’s the combination of ensuring that we deal with the actual violence, but also people must feel safe in the city of New York,” he argued.

The mayor also blamed the “small number” of people dealing with mental illness as an element of the surging crime in his city.

Both the co-hosts and the mayor pointed to a “migrant crisis” as yet another contributing factor to crime; a crisis (which the illiterate Adams pronounced in the plural) that is overwhelming their homeless shelters and allegedly costing the city hundreds of millions. But that claim is guaranteed to be laughed at by anyone with a functioning prefrontal cortex who lives in a state along the southern border.

Adams attempted to assuage his interviewers by noting that a very important two-day summit is to be held in Albany this week, where all the greatest minds in the state of New York will assemble to finally get to the bottom of this whole crime thing.

Co-host Peters concluded the interview by telling the mayor, “Well, we definitely hope that there’s some concrete – any kind of change coming from that.”

And in Future News: Bianca Peters is disappointed and no New Yorker is any safer.

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