Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened his Thursday evening program discussing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pending retirement after serving two terms, and noting that his replacement could be a gun-toting ex-NYPD captain who will be tough on crime and eschew a security detail.
Describing de Blasio as “the single worst mayor in the history of representative government,” Carlson said that his heir apparent at first appeared to be 2020 Democratic presidential contender and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a New York state native and one-time lawyer who is now polling behind Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s current borough president.
That’s because Adams, said Carlson, is focused on the one issue most important to New Yorkers, as well as Americans living elsewhere: public safety.
“In a lot of ways, Eric Adams is a conventional big-city Democrat. He’s into identity politics too,” Carlson said. “The difference is that Eric Adams is eccentric enough to say what he really thinks once in a while.”
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“For example, in a speech last year, Adams launched into an attack on the smug, fussy liberals who’ve flooded into New York over the last three decades. He addressed an audience of people who have to live with them. You can sympathize,” the host noted, going on to quote Adams.
“You were here before Starbucks. You were here before others came and decided they wanted to be part of this city,” Adams had said. “Folks are not only hijacking your apartments and displacing your living arrangements, they displace your conversations, and say that things that are important to you, are no longer important.”
Carlson speculated that Adams was talking about “crime and disorder,” which he said are conditions that “matter” to New Yorkers.
“Once you’re afraid of getting shot to death while walking to the store — once you can’t use the park across the street because vagrants are living in it — nothing else really matters. No matter what color you are, crime and disorder define your life. Whatever else he is, Eric Adams is bright enough to understand that,” said Carlson, who went on to play a clip of an Adams campaign ad in which the borough president focuses on restoring order in the city.
“Adams said that out loud. By itself, that’s a victory in the context of New York politics — a victory of reality over delusion,” said Carlson, noting further that Adams does not believe conditions of higher crime and less public safety that grew worse under de Blasio are sustainable if the city is to regain its tourism base and economic vitality.
Carlson then played another clip of Adams discussing public safety in an interview.
“It doesn’t make any consolation if a police officer shoots someone illegally or if it’s a gangbanger in blue jeans. No matter what community I’m in, people want their families to be safe and that resonates with everyday New Yorkers and I know my message will resonate with them. If we’re not safe in the city, companies will not come to New York. Our multi-billion dollar tourism industry is not going to return if tourists are shot at Grand Central Station. And so the first order of business is to get the violence under control,” said Adams.
The host then noted that Adams told an interviewer he was serious enough about restoring order to pack a gun himself and shun a security detail in order to prove to New Yorkers how safe he has made the city.
“So as mayor would you carry a firearm on you even with a security detail?” Adams was asked.
“Yes I will, number one. And number two, I won’t have a security detail,” Adams said in the interview. “If the city’s safe, the mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him. He should be walking the street by himself. Number three, the hypocrisy of those who are citywide officials who say you shouldn’t have guns in church, those guys that walk in with them – they got guns.”
Later, Carlson contrasted Adams’ position on law and order with Yang, who recently told top-rated NYC morning radio show host Charlemagne Tha God that he is in favor of further defunding the NYPD beyond the $1 billion de Blasio and the city council has already cut, while reimagining police as “Guardians” in altered uniforms.
“Oh, a different color scheme. You gotta wonder, is there still a constituency for ideas this stupid? Of course, there is. Grad school liberals love this stuff,” Carlson said.
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