Republican Representative Lee Zeldin, who is currently running for governor of New York, recently blamed the massive increase of crime, particularly in New York City, on a political movement that favors coddling criminals.
“The pro-criminal push with the laws has been a key impact,” Zeldin intoned.
This “pro-criminal push” includes absurd bail reform laws, many of which allow dangerous criminals to return to the street and continue wreaking havoc in a matter of hours.
Furthermore, the movement to empower criminals is worsened by the fact that District Attorneys (DAs) like Alvin Braggs are “refusing to enforce laws across the board.”
“And you also have some judges who are far left and lax,” Zeldin continued, “where they’re releasing people even when they do have the discretion.”
This behavior continues in spite of the fact that judges retain the authority to incarcerate individuals who are convicted of crimes.
The aspiring gubernatorial candidate also remarked upon the recent disturbing event that took place at a campaign event, namely when a random man attempted to assault him.
Zeldin indicated that he was very grateful for the “six, seven, eight people” who were able to “quickly [subdue]” the attacker.
However, as evidence of the pro-criminal push, even for violent criminals, the Zeldin assailant was released from custody within a grand total of five or six hours, courtesy of New York’s cashless bail laws.
Even more remarkably, had Zeldin not been a Congressman, then the assailant may have never been charged in the first place.
“Only reason why the U.S. Attorney was able to jump in and charge him federally was because I’m a member of Congress,” Zeldin noted, “but if I’m not a member of Congress, that person isn’t detained.”
The Republican representative noted that generational poverty and “poor performing schools” are key factors in the rising crime rate, and he proposed a significant overhaul of the education system.
“That’s why we need to lift the cap on charter schools, educational savings accounts, tax credits for school choice,” Zeldin concluded.