Fox News host Greg Gutfeld ridiculed a decision to ban police from events like an upcoming gay pride parade, noting that the decision is counterproductive given that crime around the city, to include anti-gay hate crimes, is up.
Gutfeld began his late-night show on Wednesday by first noting that 2020 was the deadliest year on record in modern history for police officers, adding that 264 died last year from various causes — 48 of whom were gunned down.
“You don’t hear about it much. And I also wonder how many minority cops died last year. Better not bring that up. Since caring about their lives, is bigoted too. So where does this delusional nationwide smear of a selfless occupation lead us? To sheer stupidity,” the host and comedian said.
“In a few days, there’s gonna be a Gay Pride parade in New York City. And you know who may be banned? The cops,” he went on. “According to ABC News – the event organizers announced that police will be ‘banned’ from all “pride events,” all the way up through 2025. Seems kind of harsh, 2025, The Biden era,” Gutfeld said.
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“My question: how will anyone at pride know who the real cops are? Trust me, I’ve been tricked a few times. Once by this guy,” Gutfeld quipped, showing the album cover of “The Village People.”
The host went on to mock the organizer of the pride parade for wanting to ban police and first responders even though the event is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.
“Says Andre Thomas, co-chair: ‘We know many LGBT cops… But what the institution represents sometimes to a person of color or trans person is violence, And that doesn’t make you feel safe.’ So, they’d rather feel safe than be safe,” he said.
Gutfeld then went on to imagine if he held his own parade, sans cops, with plenty of quips:
Can I do that? If so: I’d like to formally announce that national Greg Gutfeld day happens this Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm. I’ll be parading down 5th Avenue, on a homemade float based on “The Golden Girls”. (I’ll be dressed as Rose for height reasons. I can still fit into her housecoat.) Feel free to park on the sidewalk and throw glitter bombs at pedestrians. I’ll get Dana Perino to hand out Jell-o shots and Jesse Watters with a couple of super soakers, will fire tequila into the faces of babies! And Tyrus will be doing a dwarf toss (which will, in fact, be me). Don’t worry about getting a traffic ticket, because I demand little or no police presence. See – can just anybody plan public events, then tell the cops get lost?
Gutfeld also pointed out that banning police from the pride parade in the current high-crime climate in New York City did not make sense.
“Crime in this city is exploding like Pelosi’s head listening to a Trump speech. A 36 percent increase in murder over last year. Shootings are up 77 percent. And mayoral stupidity is up a whopping 4300 percent,” he said before satirizing Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Gutfeld went on to mention how an 80-year-old black veteran was struck by a stray bullet to illustrate how much violence was increasing in the Big Apple under de Blasio.
“The guy fought in a war without getting wounded – but not the streets of New York. You’re not supposed to be awarded a Purple Heart ’cause you were wounded in action in front of TJ Maxx,” he joked.
The host noted further that “fewer cops means more violence against the LGBT community. Yet it’s the cops that are the problem.”
“That’s like blaming fires on the fire department. I mean, they are often spotted near burning buildings – so there has to be a connection!” he said, before turning serious.
“You know – I’ve never seen a parade for the police. No – wait – I have – they’re called funerals. For their fallen comrades, who didn’t freeze when duty called. But today, when a large community encounters the immovable extremist – they freeze,” he said. “They should fight back. They won’t. They won’t share the risk. That’s not a parade. It’s a retreat. And it’s not one to be proud of, either.”
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