(NewsGlobal.com)- Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot lost in her attempt for re-election, in monumental fashion, and many people believe that it is an indictment on the Democratic Party as a whole and their lackadaisical approach to crime.
Over the weekend, though, Eric Adams, the Democratic mayor of New York City, took that notion one step further. He said that Lightfoot’s loss wasn’t just a huge warning sign for his own party, but rather a “warning sign for the country” as a whole.
Appearing on the “State of the Union” program on CNN on Sunday, Adams commented:
“I showed up at crime scenes. I knew what New Yorkers were saying, and I saw it all over the country. I think, if anything, it (Lightfoot’s loss) is really stating that this is what I have been talking about. America, we have to be safe.”
Adams campaigned heavily on public safety and instituting new measures to fight what had become rising crime levels in New York City. He was elected to be the city’s mayor back in 2021.
Lightfoot was elected to her post leading Chicago back in 2019. However, she lost her bid for re-election last week in dramatic fashion. She didn’t even finish in the top two spots, which would have qualified her for one of the two runoff spots.
One of the main reasons why Lightfoot lost is that she didn’t do anything to make her city safer. Between 2020 and 2021, violence spiked considerably in Chicago.
The 2022 year-end report that the Chicago Police Department released recently showed that murders and shootings have decreased since the end of 2021. At the same time, many other crimes have increased in the last year, including burglaries, robberies, carjackings and theft.
This has made many people feel unsafe in their own city, which prompted a lot of voters to head to the polls to say it was time for a change.
Adams said that public safety is a “prerequisite to prosperity” for all American cities, “because people want to be safe.”
That seems like such a basic principle to understand, yet Democrats don’t seem to grasp it. Lightfoot certainly didn’t, as she focused on so many other things that didn’t matter to her citizens nearly as much as their basic safety did.
Adams is an outlier of sorts in the Democratic Party, as he takes a hard stance on crime and safety. Many people in his party have said that what he has said and how he has said it reflects poorly on his party, helping Republicans in the process.
But, Adams remained steadfast in his messaging when he appeared on “State of the Union” over the weekend, saying:
“The polls were clear. New Yorkers felt unsafe, and the numbers showed that they were unsafe. Now, if we want to ignore what the everyday public is stating, then that’s up to them.
“I’m on the subways. I walk the streets. I speak to everyday working-class people. And they were concerned about safety.”