Former NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind has taken aim at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for not believing the reports of increased smash-and-grab robberies across the U.S.
Hikind said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has been advocating for policies such as bail reform and defunding the police, which Dov Hikind claimed have led to a rise in crime.
“AOC is out of control. I do not think she is living on this planet,” he sated in an interview on Fox News. “She is a danger — I really think she is a danger. There are true victims out there when these crimes are being committed.”
Hikind asked other members of the Dem. Party to speak out against her.
“She is a total disaster for the average person in America because of her terrible policies and the policies she supports and the fact that so many Dems fear her and the radical Left,” he stated. “AOC does not care about the victims. She cares about criminals.”
Ocasio-Cortez recently expressed her doubts about the increase in the number of smash-and-grab crimes across the United States.
“Most of these accusations of organized retail crime aren’t actually panning out,” she stated. “I think it is a Walgreens in the state of California that mentioned it, but the data did not back it up.”
On November 27, a Walgreens in California had theft of $2,400 worth of products. It was one of many high-profile robberies in the Bay Area in previous weeks.
It is unclear what data AOC was referencing to. Walgreens subsequently released a statement saying that retail theft is a top challenge for company.
This wasn’t the first time AOC downplayed an increase in crime. Last year, she argued that the increasing theft was due to a need for individuals to feed their families.
Several retail businesses have reported that there has been more organized retail theft since the start of the pandemic.
For instance, during the company’s third-quarter revenue report, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said greater crime has put more pressure on the company’s numbers.
California Governor Gavin Newsom also recently slammed the state’s cities for taking it too easy on retail crime.
Author: Scott Dowdy