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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. speaks during a news conference, Friday, May 1, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

You gotta wonder where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came from.

You couldn’t invent a more mockable socialist if you tried.

She was asked by a constituent in a virtual town hall what did she think was the reason for the increase in crime in NYC.

First she claims that the police ‘defunding’ of a billion dollars hasn’t taken place yet. That’s true. But what is true is we’ve seen an incredible amount of leftist rioting and looting. We’ve also seen Mayor de Blasio force a dropping of the anticrime unit, again a leftist agenda item. Why? It was proactive against crime and stopped a lot of shootings before they happened. Now the unit has been dissolves and people reassigned, all they can do is react to the shootings rather than prevent them.

She claims that the six billion given to the police hasn’t stopped the uptick in crime. So of course her answer is to say defund? Funny how socialists think shoving more money at everything is better, except for police improvement.

There’s also the virus and bail reform which has resulted in thousands who should be in jail or prison being released out into the streets.

From Washington Examiner:

“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?” the New York Democrat said.

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out, and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so … they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”

Economic desperation is why shootings have spiked in June and July?

Just this weekend, 15 people were shot in a 15-hour period, more than triple the number of shootings that happened there this time last year. There have been 43 shootings in the last week, compared to 13 during the same time period in 2019. Over Independence Day weekend, there were 10 shootings and one person killed in a nine-hour span.

June saw more of the same, with law enforcement sources telling the New York Post that murders and shootings were much higher than in the same period last June. Thirteen murders and 40 shootings took place between June 1-7, compared to five murders and 24 shootings during the same time period in 2019.

Funny how that coincided with rioting and doing away with the anticrime unit.

It’s also interesting that she finally talks about economic consequences of the pandemic, although notice how she doesn’t identify economic issues as being caused by the pandemic. Most Democrats have ignored these effects as they continued to push lockdown making them worse.

But people stealing for bread isn’t the reason for the spike in violent crimes.

Pro tip AOC? This wasn’t about shoplifting bread and it’s in the Bronx.

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HT: Twitchy