New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is sticking to his guns on his anti-crime stance. During a recent event, he doubled down on his tough-on-crime stance and issued a thinly-veiled warning to bad actors who might seek to engage in violence.
“Not my city,” Adams said during a Police Athletic League event at the Harvard Club. In a fiery speech that seemed to be aimed largely at Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome, Adams said: “We’re not going to surrender to those who are saying, ‘We’re going to burn down New York.’ Not my city,”
Last month, after a meeting with the mayor-elect, Newsome told reporters there would be “riots, fire and bloodshed,” if he reinstated a controversial plainclothes policing program.
Adams also issued a stern warning to outside agitators who might engage in the destruction Newsome referenced. “We’re not going to have a city where anarchists come from outside our city and go into a community such as Queens and destroy the community for their own selfish needs or desires,” he said.
The new mayor was speaking in front of an audience with a significant number of Republicans who cheered his comments.
The New York Post reported:
The retired NYPD captain received a warm reception from the largely Republican crowd that included former New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, billionaire business mogul John Catsimatidis, actor and former talk show host Tony Danza and former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Adams praised Bratton for slashing the city’s murder rate, and for his “broken windows” policing style that cracked down on quality-of-life issues like graffiti to make the city safer from violent crime.
Adams also took some jabs at his opponents in the Democratic primary, whom he characterized as anti-police and anti-business. “I burn candles and say prayers and Hail Marys that those other characters were not elected to be mayor right now,” he said. He bashed those who “were talking about disarming police” and “running out business people from our city.”
Adams also took aim at current Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom he has clashed in the past. “How do you have a city that demonizes high-income earners?” he said.
The mayor-elect won his election by running on an unapologetically pro-law enforcement and anti-crime platform. His message resonated with New York City residents, who have experienced the impact of ever-rising crime rates. It was a tremendous blow to the progressive elites who, like de Blasio, seem to prefer protecting criminals than law-abiding citizens. It was also a repudiation of the nationwide “Defund the Police” movement, which has contributed to the rise in crime.
If Adams’ election is any indication, the progressive crowd has much to fear when it comes to gaining power.