Guardian Angels founder and animal rights activist Curtis Sliwa joined “Hannity” on Monday to put out his plan to take again New York City from the “looters and shooters” which have change into more and more prevalent beneath Mayor Bill de Blasio and a closely liberal metropolis council.
Sliwa, who primarily bootstrapped the anti-crime group from the bottom up in 1979 in response to an uptick in subway crime beneath Mayor Edward I. Koch, mentioned he’ll take his tough-on-crime status to metropolis corridor if given the chance.
Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., mentioned throughout a Zoom session with fellow liberal Bronx Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman that public considerations about an city crime wave are “hysteria.”
During the interview, Sliwa pointed to Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive politics and de Blasio’s insurance policies, which have included assist for chopping the NYPD finances in 2020, telling host Sean Hannity that he determined to run for mayor as a result of crime prevention has at all times been his high precedence.
“AOC-All-Out-Crazy by the way has armed security officers with her at all times like the rest of her Democrat Socialists of America,” mentioned Sliwa.
“The justice warriors, who are sanctimonious hypocrites, would deny public safety to average people by defunding the police, by not wanting prisons and by putting handcuffs on the police instead of the criminals. So I decided to run because I’ve always been battling crime, I never surrender, I never retreat.”
Sliwa, 67, a local of Canarsie Brooklyn, mentioned that any improve in crime is unacceptable however that New York is especially uncontrolled.
“You remember last summer when the rioters and looters and shooters took over the city streets as “Comrade” de Blasio told the police officers to stand back, I was out there [with the Guardian Angels] battling them: no property, no product, and we knew [protesters] would be attacking people and they continue to do it as such,” he mentioned, recalling protests and riots that struck in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
In June 2020, Sliwa recounted to Fox News how the Angels labored to repel looters in SoHo after spending a lot of their time beforehand in close by Chinatown attempting to stop anti-Asian hate crimes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am the only candidate with the onions to take back the city,” he notably told the New York Post on the time.
Sliwa advised Hannity that extra NYPD officers are wanted, and urged the police deserve a lift in morale. One of the explanations he attributed the decline to was the recission of certified immunity for officers in some city areas – which means they’re personally chargeable for any civil fits which will come up from an interplay with a civilian.
“The massive downside we have now right here is we not solely want extra police and have to refund the police however there is a matter that impacts police all around the nation, certified immunity. It is being taken from them,” he mentioned.
These are the protections that we give all civil servants, it has been taken from police in metropolis after metropolis.
Sliwa mentioned that, if elected, he would mannequin his crime-fighting endeavors after that of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who ran as a law-and-order candidate following the final main crime spike beneath Mayor David Dinkins that peaked round 1990.
Sending a message to the NYPD and different legislation enforcement, Sliwa mentioned Monday that he has their again and desires them to do their job in “providing us with safe streets, save subways, safe parks — the ones that Rudy Giuliani gave us in 1993.”
He mentioned the previous mayor-turned-Trump-attorney helps his candidacy as nicely.
Republican candidates in New York City have confronted an uphill climb in current elections, as solely 3 of the 51 seats on town council are held by Republicans – two from Staten Island and one from Howard Beach, Queens – and town has a Democratic registration benefit of about 6-to-1.
Giuliani was the final mayor to function a Republican for his full time period, whereas his fast successor Michael Bloomberg was a Republican at first however later modified get together affiliation.