This week, former President Bill Clinton joined top Democrats in a desperate attempt to help New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s faltering campaign.
In recent weeks, as crime and violence soar throughout the state, Republican Lee Zeldin has taken a lead in the polls over the ineffective Hochul. The latest Trafalger poll shows Zeldin holding a 48.4 to 47.6 lead in the race.
Apparently, Clinton finds the dangerous atmosphere New Yorkers are living in amusing.
At the event for Hochul, he dismissively laughs before saying, “Lee Zeldin makes it sound like Kathy Hochul goes to the nearest subway station, passes out billy clubs and baseball bats. Looks like he’s looking to replace Dwayne Johnson in all his movies.”
Clinton’s comments are as insulting as they are clueless about what is worrying many voters in the state.
Particularly insulting is Clinton’s “joke” about New York’s subway system which very real and violent crimes have passengers on edge.
Does Clinton think it is worthy of a good laugh that a woman was bashed in the head on a subway platform in Harlem? Or that a 21-year-old woman visiting New York City from St. Louis, Missouri was raped?. Or that a 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed on a subway platform?
Is it amusing that a woman begged for help on the subway as a man violently grabbed her hair and held her captive for a brief period while no one helped?
Or was it the 78-year-old man who was brutally beaten?
Maybe he is just chuckling at the many, many, many incidents of innocent riders being shoved from platforms onto the tracks.
Perhaps he has taken the lead on his strategy from Hochul herself, who appears utterly clueless as to the seriousness of the crimewave or the importance New York voters has place on it.
In the only debate between the two challengers, Hochul seemed baffled when Zeldin raised the issue of rampant crime in the state saying she “didn’t know why that’s so important.”
Hochul has dismissed the crime fears of New Yorkers by suggesting that a few high-profile crimes have “created a sense of fear in people’s minds.”
Tuesday’s election will tell us if New York voters think it is funny.