Trey Gowdy Nukes AOC Over NYC's Surging Violent Crime - WATCH
'Was the 1-year-old killed in New York because that child was holding a loaf of bread?'
Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has shredded Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over her comments suggesting violent crime is on the rise in New York due to people "shoplifting bread."
Shooting, homicides, and other violence have been surging in NYC over recent weeks.
Socialist Ocasio-Cortez was widely blasted after she attempted to connect the soaring violent crime wave to people not being able to pay their rent amid the pandemic.
“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money, so you maybe have to, they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night,” AOC said during a Zoom video call last week.
Even New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo took issue with AOC's "factually impossible" statement, pointing out that nobody in the city can be evicted, whether they pay their rent or not.
After being slammed for her remarks, AOC later doubled down on her claims, however.
“Republicans are all upset that I’m connecting the dots between poverty and crime,” the progressive Democrat tweeted Tuesday.
"I know most of them haven’t experienced or seen these issues first hand, but I have.
"This may be hard for them to admit, but poverty and crime are highly linked, both violent & nonviolent alike.”
In a Fox News interview on Wednesday, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Gowdy showed that his political wits hadn’t slowed down at all.
During a Gowdy appearance on “America’s Newsroom,” host Sandra Smith asked him about Ocasio-Cortez’s recent statements that blamed New York City’s skyrocketing violent crime this summer on unemployment.
Hungry men and women are just trying to feed their children, shoplifting loaves of bread, Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a video that circulated on social media Sunday.
AOC on increased NYC crime: "Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don't have money so... they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry." pic.twitter.com/oHSTWWJZ6a— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2020
Gowdy torched AOC's comments, saying New York City's recent crime spike has nothing to do with impoverished residents being hungry.
"God forbid my two decades in a courtroom compare with her experience as a bartender," Gowdy remarked in response to AOC suggesting she has more experience with crime.
"Was the 1-year-old killed in New York because that child was holding a loaf of bread?" he asked.
"I mean, poor people are no more likely to cause you harm than rich people are.
"That is not the line of demarcation.
"It is not whether or not you are rich or poor; it is whether you are law-abiding or not law-abiding."
"So, the spike in murder cases, the spike in auto theft, the spike in burglaries: what in the hell does that have to do with being hungry?" he exclaimed.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has reported a staggering increase in shootings and violent crimes in recent weeks, as officials warn there’s “a storm on the horizon” amid calls for changes.
Shootings were up 130 percent for the month of June.
Ocasio-Cortez also suggested in her town hall Sunday that sky-high rents in the Big Apple could be a contributing factor.
"Go check the criminal histories of the people committing these murders. See how many of them are committing their first criminal offense since the pandemic started and see how many of them are career offenders, where this is just the culmination of a lifetime of crime that resulted in murder," Gowdy urged.
"I’ll bet you they are not first-time offenders."
He said he believes "anyone who believes in logic will take issue with her stance."
"You can't be evicted in New York," he concluded.
"So, how can you be killing people because you are being evicted?"
"This is a state, a city run by Democrats.
"So, if they are having a hard time getting bread, she needs to look at her own party and not blame Republicans.
"We don’t run New York; she does."