Froma Harrop: Mayor Adams mocks far-left for rave reviews

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Froma Harrop

NOTNew York Mayor Eric Adams is a rising power in the Democratic Party. A former police captain, Adams is the answer to the prayers of Democrats who have almost given up praying for politics they can sell nationwide.

Adams is a black man who, at age 15, was arrested and beaten by the police. His response: “I didn’t say, ‘Woe to me.’ I said, ‘Why not me?’ So he joined the force and rose through the ranks.

“I support my police,” he says, “but they can’t be abusive.”

Adams is at war with a far left that can’t resist witty retorts. Local media characterize his spat with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a collision between “two rising political stars.” The reality is that Adams has become a supernova while Ocasio-Cortez’s light fades as Democrats tire of his politically toxic quotes.

At last year’s Met Gala, an annual fashion show, Ocasio-Cortez grabbed attention by wearing an extremely expensive dress with the words “tax the rich” written across the back. At this year’s gala, Adams poked fun at her by wearing a tuxedo that read “end gun violence.”

Adams is determined to stop the current crime wave. He tries to reinforce the police. It takes the homeless off the streets, whether they want to live there or not. It requires compliance with the rules.

As he said, “You can’t have a city where someone has decided, ‘I’m just not going to pay. I’m just going to walk on the bus. I’ll just carry a gun. I’ll take whatever I want from the stores. ”

Adams blasts left-wing support for a bail reform law that allows judges to send dangerous repeat offenders back to the streets. And he rejects accusations that he is just sweeping the homeless out of sight.

To thrive, he explains, the city must tackle both the reality of crime and its perception. “You read the newspaper and you hear about someone being hit on the head with a hammer as they entered a subway station,” he says. “Then you walk into the station and you see (homeless) encampments. You see disorderly conduct. You see shouting and shouting. You see dirt and garbage. Now what you read becomes your reality, even if you are not the victim of a crime.

Asked about those who disagree with him, Adams laughs: “New York – 8.8 million people, 30 million opinions – but one mayor. That’s what will decide. »

He doesn’t care to go against the word police. When Ocasio-Cortez insisted on her referring to some workers as “low-skilled,” Adams laughed. “I know they’re perfect, and there’s not much I can do about it.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s massive social media presence masks how little real power she wields in the city. When Ocasio-Cortez backed left-winger Maya Wiley in last year’s mayoral primary, Adams accused them both of wanting to “reduce police force at a time when black and brown babies are slaughtered in our streets”.

Wiley didn’t even come second. Another moderate, Kathryn Garcia, did.

Adams is progressive where it counts. It supports investment in education, childcare and mental health services.

As for homeless people who say they are afraid of shelters, he has volunteers handing them brochures showing a cleaned facility where they can get meals, healthcare and a shower. This convinces many to go there voluntarily.

New Yorkers obviously support his efforts to restore pre-pandemic order to their city. The nation could also use some of it.

Adams has called himself “the face of the new Democratic Party“. The Democratic Party should hope he is right.

Froma Harrop, a syndicated columnist, writes for the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal. His email address is [email protected]

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