President Trump hit Mayor Bill de Blasio over New York City’s skyrocketing shootings and called on police to “be allowed to do their jobs” during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday night.
The president’s dig at Hizzoner came after he was asked what could be done to address the ongoing protests over racial inequality and police brutality, including the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
“I think they were tragic events,” Trump said from Philadelphia, before adding that while there are “bad apples” within police departments, “99 percent [are] great people.”
“Those events are terrible,” Trump said, “but we have to allow the police to do their job, otherwise crime is going to soar.”
He then pointed to the Big Apple, where there’s been a sky-high uptick in shootings over the last few months, with a 50 percent increase over Labor Day weekend alone compared to last year.
“The city was safe, and then all of a sudden we have a mayor who starts cutting the police force and crime is up…,” Trump said, referring to de Blasio and the NYPD’s $6 billion budget taking a $1 billion hit when it was passed in June.
In order to stop crime, Trump said, “we have to give the respect back to the police that they deserve.”
“We have to give them their mojo. We have to let them protect us.”
The president then pointed to the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who were left critically injured, saying the horrific crime was the result of “a lack of respect.”
“This guy walks up to a police car, and he starts shooting point blank rang at two innocent people. You can’t let that happen. You have to — you have to be very tough crime when it comes to things like that,” he said.
New York Post
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