After explaining how getting rid of mugshots impedes policing in cities and has destroyed San Francisco, Gutfeld went on to explain leftist urban policy’s deleterious effects generally and note how violent cities have gotten as a result of it.
During that part of his monologue, he pointed out that soft-on-crime policing at the behest of leftist politicians has made San Fransisco unliveable. Further, he noted that, as a result, businesses are fleeing the city as property values crumble thanks to one of the most beautiful cities in the world becoming a massive homeless encampment and drug den.
As he put it: “The list of companies fleeing that town is longer than the list of Kat’s exes and according to The Wall Street Journal, hotels in San Fran are selling so cheap, crack houses are complaining about the declining property values. They turned a city with beautiful weather and an economy worth billions into a third-world hellhole where the only hope is an earthquake; it’s Mogadishu, but with seafood.”
Continuing, Gutfeld noted that the city has turned into “a metaphor” for leftist policies and what they lead to if taken to their logical conclusion. And what is it that they lead to? Rampant criminality hand-waved away by the political overlords of the decaying urban area. In his words: “The city’s become a metaphor, the perfect encapsulation of progressive policies taken to their logical end, where criminals do as they please and residents are told, you know, that’s life in the big city. I was thinking I should move back to the Bay Area, become a warlord, but I still can’t afford a one-bedroom.”
Hammering that point home, Gutfeld compared leftist crime policy to gangrene. That is, it eats away whatever healthy bits remain as it spreads like a cancer through anything it touches. But, rather than reverse course and fix it, the leftists instead tell those who notice to not believe their lying eyes. As Gutfeld put it: “The fact is, ignoring mug shots as your city hits rock bottom is like pretending your gangrene will go away if you just don’t look at it. At first, they told you not to believe your lying eyes, now they want you blind. Instead of facing the truth that is obvious to anyone with eyes, that those in charge continue the fantasy that is Democratic urban policy.”
And what is it that they tell the people who do notice what crime is doing to get them to be quiet about it? That they’re evil for noticing. That they’re the problem for being around and not being criminals. That the criminals are the good guys and the noticers of criminality the evil ones. In his words: “And I could sum up that policy quite easily, there’s no such thing as evil other than you. So when real evil does strike, we won’t bother warning you, because you’re the problem not them, and you won’t see it coming, so you can’t stop it.”
Moving on from San Francisco, Gutfeld noted that Chicago is now overrun with violent criminals and the result has so far been a bloodbath that’d make Al Capone and his gangsters blush. But, as he then pointed out, rather than fix the issue the Chicago government soft-pedals and downplays it. In Gutfeld’s words: “Look at Chicago last weekend after 75 people were shot and 23 killed, including two kids. A police chief there responded, “It’s unfortunate.” Yeah, strong words; that’s what I say when I forget my assistant’s birthday, and we share the same birthday. I get two presents. But two real life a dozen murders in two days, bummer, man.”
Gutfeld then emphasized the deleterious effects of such policies and their results on business and noted the immense human cost of stopping the police from enforcing the law. In his words: “Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson blames crime on disinvestment. And I agree. It’s funny how investors don’t want to keep building stores that get set on fire, but this is the pattern in our Dem-run cities. The mayors and legislators invent new ways to handcuff the cops than hire police chiefs who will go along with this kabuki theater and kids die, mostly ones of color, because they just can’t buy a mansion in a city that has law enforcement just like a Black Lives Matter founder did.”
Watch Gutfeld sound off on the policing issue here:
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