(ConservativeInsider.org) – Over the past few weeks, robbers have been targeting California retail stores with their smash-and-grab mischief, stealing millions of dollars in products. Despite numerous reports from authorities and the California Retailers Association highlighting the mayhem, the far Left “Squad” leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) downplayed the crisis, saying the crimes were “not actually panning out.”
During an interview with the Washington Times, AOC said while there are some “allegations” about retail theft, there isn’t sufficient data to “back it up.” Understandably, many people scolded AOC for her tone-deaf statement, as just last week San Francisco Bay Area authorities found nearly $8 million in merchandise from Target, Walgreens, and CVS during a bust.
Lavern Spicer (R), who’s running for a US House seat in Florida, called AOC out for her comments on Twitter:
AOC you’re not doing Black folks any favors by justifying these awful looting sprees that we’ve ALL SEEN on social media. These crimes make African-Americans look bad as a people and if you were really on our side you would be trying to stop them, not encourage them.
— Lavern Spicer🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) December 6, 2021
House Representative Greg Murphy (R-NC) also wrote out his opinion of the New York lawmakers words:
The pure tone deaf arrogance of the Progressive Left is astounding. They want to Defund the Police and then deny that the result is an increase in crime. https://t.co/fC2GIeLIxD
— Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (@RepGregMurphy) December 5, 2021
Walgreens already announced the closure of many California stores after the drastic surge in snatch-and-grab thefts. Target announced this past summer it would close San Francisco stores at 6 p.m., rather than 10 p.m., to cut down on shoplifting as well. These examples clearly show the real-life impact of these rising robbery rates, and yet AOC still denies them. Perhaps it’s time she takes a look at the actual data before making comments.
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