Asserting that New Yorkers don’t feel safe, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle challenged Governor Kathy Hochul on crime and her initiatives to combat it in the city during an appearance on MSNBC on Friday.
Following Hochul’s promotion of removing firearms off the streets of New York and her collaboration with Mayor Eric Adams of the city, Ruhle cut in and underlined that people in New York do not feel good about crime.
Even MSNBC is calling out Democrat Kathy Hochul.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 5, 2022
"Here's the problem: We don't feel safe…I walk into my pharmacy, and everything is on lockdown because of shoplifters. I'm not going in the subway. People don't feel safe in this town." pic.twitter.com/JUKhxXCk4c
“Okay, I’m gonna interrupt you then. Here’s the problem. We don’t feel safe. You might be working closely with Mayor Adams, you may have spent a whole lot of money. But I walked into my pharmacy, and everything is on lockdown because of shoplifters. I am not going into the subway. People do not feel safe in this town. So you may have done these things, but right now, we’re not feeling good. Where worried we could be San Francisco,” Ruhle said.
Hochul maintained that New York City wouldn’t ever turn into San Francisco and claimed that since 2021, the number of homicides and gunshots has decreased “dramatically.” Additionally, Hochul noted that crime was a problem nationwide.
“It doesn’t matter what’s happening in other cities, or other states. The reason people don’t feel safe in New York, is why they are starting to say, can Kathy Hochul be the right governor? Right? It doesn’t really matter what’s happening in Pennsylvania or San Francisco, you need to get New Yorkers’ votes and safety is a top issue for us,” Ruhle said.
Hochul said that she was aware of these worries and that she had used the metro that day.
“I understand the sense of anxiety. And that’s why a part of it is getting people who are severely ill out of the subways. Because you don’t know if they’re gonna have an episode. Something happens, they push somebody. That’s the fear of the unknown. We have to get them out of there, we’re doing it right now. Cameras, when you’re on a subway, the perpetrators now know they’re being watched, there’s a record of it. That’s going to start having a return effect,” Hochul said.
In the past, Hochul claimed that voter worries about crime and safety in particular states were a product of a GOP “plot.”
“These are master manipulators,” Hochul said, referring to Republicans. “They have this conspiracy going all across America trying to convince people that in Democratic states that they’re not as safe. Well guess what? They’re also not only election deniers, they’re data deniers,” she said.
Democratic states and cities, according to her, were “safer.”
Her Republican opponent, Lee Zeldin, has made crime the focus of his gubernatorial campaign.
Zeldin urged his followers to “vote like your life depended on it” on Friday by tweeting a picture of the top page of the New York Post, which featured a homeless guy with 25 prior charges who was charged with raping a jogger in the West Village of New York City.
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This is the reality of life in Kathy Hochul’s New York. Vote like your life depends on it, because it does. pic.twitter.com/fC01FtGGmK— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) November 4, 2022