In an interview with Todd Starnes, one conservative New Yorker recalled the harrowing experience of packing up and getting out of Dodge as violent riots and looting engulfed her city.
Jennifer Kerns, the founder of Women for a Great America, told the “Todd Starnes Show” earlier this month that she fled the city after the earliest days of the riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Kerns explained to Starnes that she lived in an apartment in a swanky neighborhood not far from the United Nations building. Not long after the first wave of protests began, Kerns said she began to notice “graffiti in the area that was not there before and strangers who appeared to be eyeing residents in her building.”
She recalled an incident in which another city resident was attacked by a looter. The 911 dispatcher, Kerns claims, simply told the individual to “Do what you need to do”—a tall order when you live in a city with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation.
The Oklahoma native recalled telling her parents at one point that she felt as though she was “being hunted,” so she packed what she could fit into two bags and escaped the city.
She’s not alone. While reasons for leaving New York City may vary, the housing market outside of the metro area is booming as city-dwellers leave in droves.
Although Kerns blamed several factors for the chaos that swarmed the city, she said the leadership from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo set New York up for a perfect storm.
Protests erupted across the country after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. President Trump blasted governors in a phone call over their soft approach in dealing with the protests, and it appears Democrats are also beginning to point fingers at each other over the chaos.
Cuomo bluntly said Tuesday that “the NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. It was rampant looting across the city last night that they did not stop.”
Cuomo warned de Blasio that Albany may have to take control with the National Guard.
In an interview with The New York Post, NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said police have been “giving their blood” as they’ve tried to calm protests in the city.
“Our guys are tired, they’re bleeding,” Monahan said. “I think everyone you’re going to see is walking around cut up. But they’re out there again tonight. They’re out there giving their blood to keep this city safe.”
Monahan also denounced New York’s recently enacted bail reform laws, which essentially allowed looters to be arrested and promptly turned back out onto the streets.
“This leadership team from every angle of this department is out on the streets, working side by side with their men, and for a governor to be sitting in his office saying that we’re not doing a good job — I’m outraged,” he said.
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