Speaking on Wednesday’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro said recent actions by the mayor of New York could leave the city in shambles.
“This is the end of New York City and I absolutely believe this is intentional,” Judge Jeanine told host Tucker Carlson, as Fox News reported. According to Fox, the former judge and prosecutor was reacting to news that the Big Apple’s Democrat mayor, Bill de Blasio, would be slashing the city’s police budget in light of widespread calls to “defund” the police.
“I know from my days as a [district attorney], if you don’t have a safe community, say goodbye to business, the economy’s going to go down the tubes, no one’s going to want to move in,” Pirro told Carlson, according to Fox.
“A real problem”
Calls to defund or even abolish local police departments have gained popularity in recent weeks following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a Black man, in the custody of Minneapolis police late last month. But according to Pirro, “taking down law and order” means ignoring Americans’ safety.
“This is a real problem,” Pirro told Carlson, according to Fox. “As homicides go up, arrests are going down. That bozo de Blasio has no idea what he’s talking about.”
What’s more, the former judge accused the Democrat mayor of blatant hypocrisy. “You got de Blasio who is literally taking down law and order and yet these politicians…they have their own security,” the Fox News personality pointed out.
“What about the rest of us?” Pirro demanded, as Fox reported. “We are paying for law enforcement, we’re entitled to that security, and in the end, there will be a breakdown in society.”
New York has indeed seen its fair share of violence amid protests over Floyd’s death. On Tuesday, Fox News reported that the metropolis had experienced a 36% increase in the number of shootings there compared to last year, and according to ABC7 in New York, the city had seen more than 500 shootings in 2020 alone.
In an interview with a local radio show, New York Police Department (NYPD) official Terence Monahan blamed those numbers on local policies, including de Blasio’s.
“The animosity toward police has just been absolutely unbelievable and cops are a little confused right now on what the communities want them to do, how they want their neighborhoods policed,” Monahan said, according to Fox. “If you listen to the city council, they want less policing. They want to defund the police, but as I look out there right now with the violence going on, it’s not a good sign.”
Speaking with Carlson on Wednesday, Pirro made a similar prediction: if the police aren’t keeping the city safe, “it’s not going to be good,” she said.
“Say goodbye to New York City,” Pirro remarked, according to Fox, “and you can thank Bill de Blasio and the people on the left.”