NYC Mayor Eric Adams Says Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot’s Loss a Warning Sign for the Country

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Last week ushered in the news that the great city of Chicago might have hope left for its salvation after all. Mayor Lori Lightfoot lost, coming in third in the city’s election, which will now see a run-off between the top two candidates.

The fact that the city of Chicago has finally had enough of Lori Lightfoot’s disastrous policies that have created one of the most lawless cities in the nation is a sign that even liberals might be tired of the same old do nothing and blame everyone else playbook. Her loss should make many other liberal Mayors and politicians worry about their political futures.

However, if you ask the Mayor of New York City, he thinks her loss isn’t a warning sign for him but for the country as a whole. So let’s look at what Mayor Eric Adams had to tell CNN about Lori Lightfoot’s historic loss.

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Nothing to Worry About

While on CNN’s State of the Union, Dana Bash asked Mayor Adams if he believed Lori Lightfoot’s loss was a “warning sign” for his future prospects in New York. Mayor Adams replied confidently, “To the contrary, I think it’s a warning sign for the country.”

The former police officer often uses his relationship with the New York City Police Department and his ability to empathize with those who keep us safe and the victims of crime as a personal selling point. Mayor Adams explained that unlike Ms. Lightfoot and her ilk, he is on the ground and has been opining about safety from the get-go.

“Eric Adams has been talking about public safety, not only on the campaign trail, but for the first year.” It is a bit off-putting when anybody speaks of themselves in the third person.

He continued, “I showed up at crime scenes. I knew what New Yorkers were saying. And I saw it all over the country.” Then, throwing his fellow Democrat under the bus, he circled back to his original point, which is that he is right and everyone else is wrong, “I think, if anything, it is really stating that this is what I have been talking about. America, we have to be safe.” 

So how well has Mayor Adams done keeping New Yorkers safe? Let’s take a peek.

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Some Good, Some Bad

Last month had some interesting numbers for New York City regarding crime. There’s quite a bit for Mayor Adams to brag about in many ways.

February saw an overall 6% drop in the major crime rate in New York City with the below detailed numbers:

  • Murders decreased by 28%
  • Rape decreased by 22%
  • Burglaries decreased by 15%
  • Robberies decreased by 11%
  • Shootings declined by 15%
  • Subway crime fell by 9%

However, last month saw an increase in misdemeanor assaults, with an 8% increase on the streets of New York City and a 13% increase on the subway system. In addition, the preponderance of homelessness and the mentally ill in the city has business owners and residents still very uncomfortable being out freely and comfortably in the Big Apple.

To give Mayor Adams some credit, he spoke on this issue in the past, often explaining a large part of the issue the city faces, once stating “We have a recidivism problem in New York, and far too many people, about 2000 people who are repeatedly… catch, release, repeat in crimes.”

Stating the obvious, he has also pointed out, “If we don’t take them off our streets, they’re going to continue to prey on innocent people.”

Unfortunately, you can be a Democratic Mayor of a major city, speak the truth regarding the lived reality of your citizens, and get trashed by your own party for it.

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A Republican Tool?

Leading up to last year’s midterms, Mayor Adams took considerable heat from his party for pointing out the obvious facts regarding crime in our country. Many claimed he was spouting Republican talking points, and some even said if then candidate for Governor Lee Zeldin beat out Governor Kathy Hochul, it would be thanks largely due to Mayor Adams.

Ms. Bash asked the Mayor if his constant focus on crime hurts Democrats and helps Republicans. Mayor Adams replied, “The polls were clear. New Yorkers felt unsafe, and the numbers showed that they were unsafe.”

In a brilliant counterargument and obvious nod to the Lightfoot loss, Mayor Adams added, “Now, if we want to ignore what the everyday public is stating, then that’s up to them.” Careful, Mayor Adams; I might start to like you yet. 

This isn’t the first time in recent history that Mayor Adams has caused waves in his party for innocuous statements that anyone from any political party should be able to get behind. For example, he recently said at an interfaith breakfast, “Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body, church is the heart.”

Oh boy, you’ve done it now, Mayor Adams. Don’t you know your party’s stance is the Constitution protects us from religion, it doesn’t protect religion? He went on to say, “You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.”

My oh my, Mayor Adams, you better be careful; fairly certain blasting out the actual goal of the most left of your party might get you voted out of the clubhouse.

 

No Excuses

Poor Lori, how embarrassing to be the first incumbent Mayor to lose their reelection bid in 30 years. If you ask her, and trust me, the mainstream media did, the reason she lost had nothing to do with her policies.

Before the election day, like many other prolific losers in her party, she teed up her excuse by telling The New Yorker, “I am a black woman. Let’s not forget: certain folks, frankly, don’t support us in leadership roles.” Do you mean victims of crime and those who wish not to be victims of crime?

After she was forced to concede, a reporter asked her if she was mistreated, to which she echoed the usual tune, “I’m a black woman in America. Of course.” The truth is her fall from grace had nothing to do with her gender or race.

She was just bad at her job and lacked genuine care for Chicago’s citizens. Mayor Adams explains what clearly Lori didn’t understand, “Mayors, we are closer – we’re the closest to the problem.”

The Mayor speaks the truth. He followed up with, “…public safety is a prerequisite to prosperity, same in Chicago, like New York and many of our big cities across America.” 

His party should pay close attention to what he’s saying, regardless of your political, religious, or socioeconomic position in this country — all Americans want to feel and be safe. If you can’t guarantee that or at least provide the illusion of safety as an elected leader, you’ve got a problem.

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