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ABC Finds it ‘Stunning’ ‘Defund the Police’ Not Larger in NYC Mayor Race

In one other instance of the New York-based nationwide media considering their native actions and politics had been a priority for the remainder of the nation, ABC’s This Week featured chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl (as a result of D.C. is outwardly New York now) analyzing the race for mayor. And whereas he solely checked out Democrats, he discovered it “shocking” that the unconventional “defund the police” motion was solely being actively pushed by one of many eight main candidates.

Karl described it as “Again to regular, however there’s something shocking occurring in progressive New York Metropolis.” He was shocked that they had been making an attempt to attraction to smart folks. “When you may suppose this may be a race to the left, the main candidates are speaking powerful on crime. Opposing tax hikes and speaking about maintaining companies in New York,” he reported.

Including: “Final yr’s defund the police rallying cry, not right here, not now.”

Karl spoke with among the prime candidates to press them on why they didn’t need to dismantle the New York Police Division:

 

 

KARL: What you do to the general finances for the NYPD?

KATHRYN GARCIA: I’ve not been planning to make adjustments to the finances. We’ll have a look at them from whether or not or not there are efficiencies to be discovered, however I consider we have to have our patrol power on the streets of New York.

KARL: So, what occurred with the entire defund the police motion that was so huge simply final yr?

ANDREW YANG: Defund the police is the incorrect method for New York Metropolis. Most New Yorkers I speak to are very, very involved about what’s going on of their neighborhood and if something they need to see extra officers and we have to go on a recruitment drive metropolis huge for extra officers.

“Public security. As a result of public security is de facto the muse for all the problems. We will not flip round our economic system if we’re not protected,” Brooklyn Borough President and kind NYPD officer Eric Adams informed Karl, explaining the primary challenge within the race.

Karl additionally highlighted the marketing campaign of Maya Wiley, the anti-police candidate who “acquired a giant endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” “Wiley says she would take a billion {dollars} out of the police finances,” he famous.

It was solely at that time did Karl admit how uncontrolled crime had gotten within the metropolis because the left’s defend the police motion took off:

That has been a harder argument to make when the town is within the midst of an increase in crime. The general crime fee in New York Metropolis is up greater than 20 % since final yr. And capturing incidents up greater than 70 %.

In a later dialog with Yang, Karl appeared to confess how stunned he was by the messaging from many of the Democratic area. “However the powerful on crime, pro-business, no tax enhance method sounds a little bit bit just like the early Mayor Bloomberg and possibly even Mayor Rudy Giuliani again within the day.”

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The transcript is beneath, click on “increase” to learn:

ABC’s This Week
June 6, 2021
9:46:55 a.m. Japanese

JON KARL: In New York this week, eight candidates vying for one of many largest political prizes of 2021, unfold aside, however in particular person and collectively, an indication that and in politics too, life is getting again to regular.

(…)

KARL: This race is a traditional New York free for all, however it’s also the biggest election anybody within the nation, by far, because the finish of the Trump presidency and since we turned the nook on the pandemic.

Again to regular, however there’s something shocking occurring in progressive New York Metropolis. When you may suppose this may be a race to the left, the main candidates are speaking powerful on crime. Opposing tax hikes and speaking about maintaining companies in New York.

Final yr’s defund the police rallying cry, not right here, not now.

What you do to the general finances for the NYPD?

KATHRYN GARCIA (D-mayoral candidate): I’ve not been planning to make adjustments to the finances. We’ll have a look at them from whether or not or not there are efficiencies to be discovered, however I consider we have to have our patrol power on the streets of New York.

KARL: So, what occurred with the entire defund the police motion that was so huge simply final yr?

ANDREW YANG (D-mayoral candidate): Defund the police is the incorrect method for New York Metropolis. Most New Yorkers I speak to are very, very involved about what’s going on of their neighborhood and if something they need to see extra officers and we have to go on a recruitment drive metropolis huge for extra officers.

KARL: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is campaigning as a former cop, who was additionally a sufferer of police brutality as a young person.

ERIC ADAMS (D-mayoral candidate, through political advert): I am Eric Adams. I will be a blue collar mayor. I am going to rebuild our economic system whereas tackling violent crime and convey New York again.

KARL: What’s the primary challenge on this race?

ADAMS: Public security. As a result of public security is de facto the muse for all the problems. We will not flip round our economic system if we’re not protected.

KARL: There are Progressives within the race.

MAYA WILEY: Good afternoon.

KARL: Maya Wiley acquired a giant endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

(…)

KARL: Wiley says she would take a billion {dollars} out of the police finances.

WILEY: We’re going to cease the hiring within the subsequent two police cadet courses and as I’ve mentioned we’ve a police division that’s bloated.

KARL: That has been a harder argument to make when the town is within the midst of an increase in crime. The general crime fee in New York Metropolis is up greater than 20 % since final yr. And capturing incidents up greater than 70 %.

(…)

9:50:09 a.m. Japanese

KARL: Yang says public security is not only about recruiting extra cops, but in addition turning across the metropolis’s pandemic ravaged economic system.

What about taxes?

YANG: Proper now could be the incorrect time to boost taxes right here in New York Metropolis. We do have $12 billion in federal support or so and numerous households proper now are trying round questioning whether or not that is the place for them to boost their household, to construct a enterprise. We can’t give folks extra causes to start out taking a look at locations like Florida as a result of the truth is we want individuals who make some huge cash to pay their taxes proper right here in New York Metropolis.

KARL: However the powerful on crime, pro-business, no tax enhance method sounds a little bit bit just like the early Mayor Bloomberg and possibly even Mayor Rudy Giuliani again within the day.

YANG: I definitely admire Mike Bloomberg an important deal. And one factor I need to take from his instance is hiring a bunch of world-class managers who will not be ideological, simply results-oriented, simply fixing issues and getting issues carried out for New York.

(…)

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