Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis took up New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on his recent announcement and tested the “snitch line” for herself.
The Fox News commentator joined host Tucker Carlson to weigh in on the Democratic mayor’s recent call to action for New York City residents to report each other for coronavirus restriction violations and shared how she put it to the test.
(Source: Fox News)
“The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has asked all eight million New Yorkers to become informers to snitch on their neighbors. Sounds a lot like East Germany actually, except now everyone has a smart phone,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, referring to the new plan announced by the former Democratic presidential candidate to much criticism.
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“I have never seen Mayor de Blasio issue a public service announcement asking people to report, I don’t know, shooting heroin on the sidewalk…or mugging someone or raping someone. Why now?” Carlson asked Francis.
“I think probably because he couldn’t collect money for those,” the co-host of “After The Bell” quipped, prompting Carlson to laugh.
“Because he’s issued 244, as of the latest count, summonses for people who were not social distancing and for each one of them, he’s gotten up to $1,000. So if you are cynical, you might think this is about money,” Francis said.
“But I’m not cynical. Well, I am,” she added.
“I went into the snitch line and I texted to them the fact that the homeless population in New York City has moved onto the subways with all of their things, and they’re not social distancing. And guess who else rides the subway every single day? Our health care workers who are trying to get to the hospitals,” Francis said.
“When you see the subways unload these days, it’s all the people in scrubs coming out and the people that stay on are the homeless population that’s living on there,” she explained.
“This is without question a health crisis for both the homeless population and our health care professionals who are on there and the MTA workers,” Francis added, referring to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“So I texted that to the snitch line. I didn’t get a response,” she told Carlson. “I texted them some photos. Finally, just before this show, I got a response and it said ‘if this is about social distancing on the subway, please contact the MTA.”
“Guess what? The MTA is not responsible for policing the subway. That is the NYPD. That’s the mayor,” Francis said.
“So apparently, the only time Mayor de Blasio is interested in going out and actually following up on these snitches is if he can get $1,000 for that. But he’s not going to get $1,000 for giving a ticket to a homeless person, and if you weren’t totally cynical, you would think that he would actually want to do something about the homeless crisis in New York,” Francis continued.
“Because if there’s any time, it’s a public health risk to both the homeless and everyone else here, it’s right now when we’re all supposed to be quarantining in place. ,” she added, calling the mayor out for going on television and begging the president for money every day, noting that he doesn’t even know what is going on in the subway system because he “travels around in a chauffeured SUV.”
“I think that’s an amazing story. It’s amazing,” Carlson responded. “And next time we see Mayor de Blasio, I think we’re going to ask him about that. Melissa Francis actually testing the snitch line.
“Ask him if he’s ever taken the subway,” Francis quipped.
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