An increasing number of American voters want to see Democrats held accountable for soft-on-crime policies that have ushered in a wave of violent crime across the nation.
In New York, one GOP candidate is staking his claim on a far tougher approach.
Violent crime rampant citywide
According to reports, Desi Cuellar is pursuing a long-shot bid to unseat progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
As part of his platform, the Republican candidate has proposed the death penalty as punishment for convicted cop killers.
Although New York City recently elected former cop Eric Adams as its Democratic mayor, the city remains besieged by a series of depraved attacks, as evidenced in shocking recent headlines from local news outlets.
In one case, 22-year-old police officer Jason Rivera was gunned down during a domestic violence call and his partner, 27-year-old Wilbert Mora, died from his injuries just days later.
Those deaths came on the heels of an incident in which a homeless man allegedly threw an Asian woman in front of a train, killing her. Another recent crime involved the brutal death of a 19-year-old Burger King employee.
“Everyone needs to wake up”
For his part, Cuellar is an Army National Guardsman and descendant of Cuban refugees who is taking a firm stance against Ocasio-Cortez and the push to “defund” police agencies. The progressive lawmaker once dismissed the “hysteria” over crime in the city.
Cuellar has also called out New York’s liberal leaders for pandering to criminals, insisting: “The blood of these officers is on the hands of these spineless politicians like AOC, or anybody on city council, or even the mayor right now, unless he does something about it.”
He went on to argue that leftist politicians only care about “holding back the police,” not keeping citizens safe from a spike in the crime rate.
The Big Apple marked 485 homicides last year, which was the highest number in a decade. At least a dozen major cities broke records in 2021 as a spike in violent crime continues after widespread civil unrest that erupted the previous summer.
Cuellar reacted by lamenting the perceived passivity of politicians on both sides of the aisle, asserting: “Everyone needs to wake up.”