By Duncan Smith
There are a lot of political observers and pontificators out there these days, but few are more poignant than Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
During his Thursday monologue, he trashed the idiots and losers who are actually blaming our country’s crime spikes on “muh COVID” because they are intellectually lazy and fundamentally dishonest.
But Carlson didn’t just call a shitbag a shitbat; he went further and explained what is happening and, more importantly, why:
One Sunday afternoon last September, a 16-year-old called Aaron Pryor was shot to death in a driveway near his home in Oakland, California. Even by the standards of midday drive-by shootings, it was an awful crime. Surveillance footage showed the killer fired more than a dozen rounds, before fleeing. No one was arrested for the murder, but local media didn't seem especially interested in finding out who did it. They already knew. The coronavirus killed Aaron Pryor—that's what they told us.
One local TV station noted that violence in the area had risen since the pandemic began—they must be connected. Pryor’s football coach agreed. “It was COVID that really killed this kid,” he told reporters. The coach didn't explain how exactly COVID had done this killing, or what COVID's motive might have been. But no one asked. Everyone, particularly people in power, seemed happy to blame the pandemic. You heard that a lot. Across the country, in New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio put responsibility for rising crime rates squarely on the virus.
De Blasio, MSNBC September 2020: Katy Tur: So, police organizations will say that part of the reason that crime is up is because there has been a cut in funding to the NYPD. What do you say to that? Mayor DeBlasio: This predates any funding decisions, that’s just the truth. The perfect storm I mentioned started in March and April, when everything shut down and we saw the violence start in earnest May into June, into July. It’s clearly because things came unglued.
Right, it must have been the pandemic. It makes sense because we forced everyone to stay home. That's why there are so many people on the street shooting each other and pushing strangers into oncoming subway cars. Does that make sense to you? No, it doesn't make sense to anyone. But thankfully experts soon emerged to explain why something so obviously untrue must in fact be true.
“Because the stresses of the pandemic are everywhere,” explained a former CIA officer called Jeff Asher to the New York Times, “you are seeing this everywhere.” Except we're not seeing it everywhere, that's not true.
The coronavirus may be global, but rising crime rates are not global. Police in Canada reported that crime fell by 18 percent between March and October 2020. In the U.K., crime saw its biggest annual decrease in a decade. In Sweden and Russia, crime dropped too. Even in Mexico, which is in the middle of a drug war, there were fewer homicides in 2020 than there were in 2019. For normal countries, the pandemic meant more Netflix and less killing.
But not here. In the United States, the opposite happened. A lot of Netflix, even more killings. You’re seeing the data on your screen now; it’s from a nonprofit called The Council on Criminal Justice and researchers at the University of Missouri. It shows the average weekly homicide rate in 21 major cities. Killings spiked in late May, well after the pandemic began. …
Murders are up 800 percent in Portland, 56 percent in Minneapolis, 27 percent in Los Angeles, 22 percent in New York, and 40 percent in Philadelphia.
So you have to ask yourself, because your life may depend on it, why is this country different from Sweden, Russia, and Mexico? You know the answer. It's not COVID. It's that in our country, stupid, malicious people took full control—the Democratic Party took full control of the country—and their policies resulted in a huge number of killings. …
To be clear, it's not that Americans have grown more prone to steal, it's that stealing is now allowed. And when you allow something, you get more of it. This is a result of policies with the intention to get more stealing. Designed to give us more murder, more rape, more pushing people in front of subway cars. It's happened because the people in charge allowed it to happen.
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