Bongino gets emotional over attacks on NYPD cops, opens up about past: ‘I don’t want to get all choked up’

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In what is being called assassination attempts, a man who said he hated cops shot two New York Police Department police officers within hours of each other Saturday night.

The first officer was wounded when he was shot while sitting in his patrol van, and the other officer was shot when the gunman entered a precinct headquarters in the Bronx and opened fire with a 9 mm handgun.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino appeared Monday on Fox & Friends to say he has never seen anything like this, insisting that this is a result of the radical left “making the cops a political punching bag.”

Fox News co-host Steve Doocy set the segment up by noting that NYPD officials are telling officers not to wear their uniform if they are not working because they are now targets — he would later correct that to say the order was from the Dept. of Corrections chief.


“I have never seen anything like this,” Bongino replied. “I have vivid memories of my time with the police department in New York City from 1995 to 1999 and I have never seen anything like this.”

“There has always been street crime, there has always been violence against police,” he added, before saying there was never a time he recalled when there were conversations in NYPD police precincts “about potentially being assassinated while going to work.”

Bongino then asked about the atmosphere that would prompt behavior like this.

“Who is pulling the thread of this society we weaved together?” Bongino asked. “Who is pulling at it? These are serious questions we need to be asking.”

The former Secret Service agent pointed to today’s political environment.

“Why is it happening in these places where you see political leaders using cops as a political football and beating up on them all the time? Is this not a serious question worth entertaining?” he asked. “There’s a thin line between chaos and civilization — everybody knows that. Who mans that line? Our cops. And you want to make them a political punching bag? It’s time to open our eyes. It’s a serious, serious problem.”

Fox News co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Bongino who’s to blame.

“This problem of making the cops a political punching bag, this is almost exclusively a problem with the radical left,” he replied.

Saying it’s a two fold problem, Bongino first called out liberal politicians who beat up on cops for better polling numbers with the Democratic Party’s radical base, stressing that people look up to them and emulate their behavior.

He then turned his ore on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Number two, when you live in a liberal city run by a former communist mayor like Bill de Blasio, who makes it easier to be a criminal […] you get more criminals,” said Bongino.

Pointing out that he was a NYPD cop in the Rudy Giuliani era, Bongino said “it really sucked to be a criminal.”

“The smaller crimes were cracked down on to stop the bigger crimes,” co-host Brian Kilmeade interjected.

Bongino shared an anecdote about how the sound of Velcro is “the greatest sound” a spouse of a police officer can hear, explaining this is the sound of a cop removing body armor — meaning they made it home safe.

Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!

Kilmeade then shared a statement from the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association “declaring war” on de Blasio in response to a tweet from the mayor’s office.

“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!” a tweet from the organization said.

Bongino said “good for them,” and when asked if he would be a cop all over again, he said that he would.

“When I was a kid, something happened to me and I don’t want to get all choked up, that’s beyond the scope of this show,” he replied. “The only people who made it better were the cops and that situation would have broke really bad. When you are a young kid and totally broken, and you see no way out of something and the cops show up and everything is good all of a sudden — I’m sorry, but that doesn’t happen with anybody else.”


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