In New York City, the disastrous reign of Mayor Bill de Blasio is almost over — and one of his possible replacements has already made progressives uncomfortable.
Eric Adams, the current Borough President of Brooklyn, has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed de Blasio — running largely on a pro-law enforcement platform. Adams is challenging Andrew Yang, the progressive technocrat that popularized the idea of universal basic income during the 2020 Democratic primary season.
Adams has been a Democrat for most of his political career, but has ran as a Republican earlier in life. As you’ll see in the clip below, his platform doesn’t fit too well in the modern progressive box. Recently, he told an interviewer that he planned to carry a gun while he served as mayor with or without a security detail.
“If the city’s safe, a mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him,” Adams said. “He should be walking the street by himself.”
This is a sharp rebuke to the anti-cop sentiment that has become a mainstream position within the Democratic ranks. Yang, by contrast, has completely bought into the “woke” brand of DNC politics, at one point suggesting that police should be re-named “guardians” and adopt a different color scheme so as not to trigger the people they’re protecting and serving.
In addition to high taxes, crippling business regulations, and a complete erosion of Second Amendment freedoms, New York has once again become a hub of violent crime. But let’s not pretend that the city is incapable of rising above this challenge — because it’s happened before. When Rudy Giuliani served as NYC’s mayor, he understood the simple truth to curtailing crime — flood the street with cops. Treat crime as the endemic that it is and eradicate it.
We don’t want to put all of our hope in Adams just yet. After all, Andrew Yang used to stand out among Democrats before he fully embraced the woke PC agenda. He was actually interesting. Unfortunately, if you’re a Democrat, it’s really hard to advance a political career without paying lip service to that twisted ideology. Hopefully, Eric Adams is able to resist the pull.
Here’s Tucker Carlson with more thoughts.