(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Eric Adams, the Democrat mayor of New York City, raised the alarm to his party after last week when Chicago’s incumbent mayor Lori Lightfoot, a fellow Democrat, was voted out of office in her city’s municipal election.
Lightfoot, a far-left Democrat who once famously decided to exclude white reporters from her interviews because of their race, finished third in Chicago’s mayoral vote on February 28, 2023.
She received nearly 17% of the votes cast, while two other Democrats remained to compete for her job in a runoff in April – Paul Vallas with 33% of the votes and Brandon Johnson with 21.6%.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” New York Mayor Eric Adams, a former policeman, said the vote in Chicago was a “warning sign for the country.”
He dwelled on how Lightfoot’s downfall meant any Democratic Party leader who didn’t prioritize crime could be voted out of office.
“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 is really stating that this is what I have been talking about. America, we have to be safe,” said Adams, a first-term mayor like Lightfoot.
“Mayors, we are closer. We’re closest to the problem… We are focused on public safety because people want to be safe,” added the former New York City Transit Police officer, as cited by Newsmax.
Adams, who assumed office 14 months ago, on January 1, 2022, focused his election campaign precisely on public safety and promised to crack down on crime.
The report points out data from the Chicago Police Department showing crime rates spiking in 2020 and 2021 on Lori Lightfoot’s watch.
In particular, Chicago saw notable increases in robberies, burglaries, thefts, and carjackings, though not in homicides and shootings – even though the city’s weekends remain packed with shooting news stories.
Newsmax notes that high-profile cases such as the July 4, 2022, shooting in Highland Park, which saw six deaths and 30 injured, have “fueled the perception” that outgoing Mayor Lori Lightfoot was soft on crime.
“The polls were clear. New Yorkers felt unsafe, and the numbers showed that they were unsafe,” NYC Mayor Adams said regarding his city.
“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,” he added.
Last week, Adams commented against the idea of church and state separation and blamed the gun violence in schools on the absence of faith.
“Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body; church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies,” the Democrat mayor said.
“What I believe is that you cannot separate your faith. Government should not interfere with religion, and religion should not interfere with government. But I believe my faith pushes me forward on how I govern and the things that I do,” he said in subsequent comments.