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Though House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York won reelection this week, he did so without support from Brooklyn in what appeared to be a career-first for the 28-year congressional veteran.
Nadler represents New York’s 10th congressional district, which is comprised of neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Election data from The New York Times shows that whereas Nadler beat Republican opponent Cathy Bernstein in Manhattan — 95,666 votes to 19,718 votes — he lost to her, in Brooklyn — 24,607 votes to 33,124 votes.
And yes, the “666” was 100 percent real and accurate as of Saturday morning:
At the time, only 61 percent of total votes across Manhattan and Brooklyn had been tallied, although Nadler had already been declared the winner.
According to the New York Post, Nadler’s lack of support stemmed partly from his opponent’s successful overtures to Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews.
“Bernstein, 58, a financial consultant who resides on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, railed against stricter state oversight of yeshivas — a potent issue that resonates in the district’s heavily Orthodox Jewish communities — and also slammed Nadler for supporting ‘defunding’ police,” the Post reported Friday.
“The GOP candidate also made an issue of the city placing homeless people into neighborhood hotels amid the pandemic.”
Overall, Nadler earned 120,273 votes, while Bernstein earned 52,842. These numbers will likely rise as the rest of the votes are tallied.
What’s notable is that even now, Bernstein’s results as they pertain to Brooklyn are significantly higher than the 37,619 votes earned by then-Republican challenger Naomi Levin in the 2018 race. She earned only 19,395 votes versus Nadler’s 23,672 votes. Similarly, in 2016 his opponent earned only 23,310 votes to his 31,755 votes.
Clearly, something has changed …
Speaking with the Post, New York State Assemblymen Dov Hikind shared his belief that what really drove Brooklyn home to Bernstein was the Democrat Party’s increasing radicalism that Nadler has tacitly supported.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 27, 2020
“Nadler is not well received in the Brooklyn side of the district. The Democratic Party in New York has moved so far to the left people here are upset with the Democratic Party,” Hikind said to the Post.
And so, arguably, has Nadler …
Just this week a left-wing extremist who’d reportedly previously interned for him in 2018 was arrested for spitting on a local police officer’s face (while calling him a fascist).
Now flashback to July when, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police reform, Nadler slammed Republicans for highlighting the Antifa violence and extremism faced by the police.
“They couldn’t utter the phrase ‘black lives matter’ and could barely [broach] the subject of police reform Instead, their amendments … were arrant nonsense, off-topic, dealing with imaginary things like ANTIFA and completely negating the entire purpose of the bill,” he said.
Rep. Jerry Nadler just called ANTIFA an “imaginary thing” – can’t get anymore ignorant than that!pic.twitter.com/G6vtk3vf8N
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) June 25, 2020
He said this despite President Donald Trump having designated Antifa a terrorist group a month earlier over all the violence it’d committed during the George Floyd riots.
“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda. In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far-left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence,” Attorney General Bill Barr said at the time.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 31, 2020
Not too long after the announcement, Nadler suddenly came out in support of cutting the New York Police Department’s budget.
“Yes, it should certainly be cut. The City’s needs at this point are much more in terms of social services, jobs, feeding people, education, and health, and much less in police, especially during this pandemic, which unfortunately is going to be with us for a while,” he said in an early June interview with the West Side Rag.
“We’re spending too much on the police. There should be substantial cuts to the police budget and a reallocation of those funds to where we need them.”
He made the remarks despite a significant 130 percent increase in crime during the month of June that continued to only accelerate as the summer progressed.
— Fitz Eli (@fitzelizabeth) July 3, 2020
“There have been 112 victims in 83 shootings over a nine-day period ending Saturday, according to police. Most of those shot were expected to survive, but at least six people have died in the past week and others suffered serious or critical injuries,” local station WINS reported on June 28th.
“Amid calls to defund the police ahead of the June 30 deadline for the city budget, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said last week that the city’s homicide rate had hit a 5-year high and that the criminal justice system was ‘imploding.’ The number of people shot has risen 42 percent compared to last year.”
Dovetailing back to this week’s election, while it was an overall loss for Republicans in the 10th congressional district, it was nonetheless a positive sign that the GOP is slowly but surely winning support in the Big Apple.
And so long as Democrats like Nadler continue to embrace radicalism, this support is apt to keep growing.
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