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Tucker Carlson blamed liberal leaders for the rising rates of homelessness and crime in the United States, claiming Seattle, San Francisco, New York City and other progressive cities have done little to mitigate the problem, instead rewarding homelessness.
In a segment on his show Tuesday night, the Fox host attacked woke leaders for spending millions of dollars on homeless housing instead of focusing on treating mental health and substance abuse – factors that contributed to the rise in homelessness in 2020.
The city’s homeless community is poorly managed and homelessness is spiraling out of control, Carlson said, resulting in deadly homicide rates, such as the death of Brianna Kupfer, 24, who was fatally stabbed by Shawn Smith, 31, a man with a long criminal record out on a $1,000 bond.
He also blamed them for the death of an ER nurse, 70 years old, killed at a bus stop by a homeless man.
‘What you’re watching here is civilization collapsing in real-time,’ Carlson proclaimed grimly.
‘A determined group of well-funded ideologues decided to make it easier to live on the streets in this country while doing drugs. Therefore, many more people now live on the streets while doing drugs.’
‘At every intersection, there are beggars. It’s what we used to imagine India was like, but this is not Calcutta. This is New York and San Francisco and Austin, Texas. So the question is what happened? And the short answer is: Our leaders did this. No matter what they tell you, homelessness is not an act of God. It’s not the result of economic collapse in this country. America does not run out of housing.’
‘Focusing our attention and our money on people who contribute nothing, who only detract from the project that is this country, don’t help their communities or anybody’s community, who hurt other people, who live solely for themselves, who are a danger to the rest of us, that’s insane,’ Carlson continued.
Tucker said his point was further reinforced by Kupfer’s father, Todd, who said on Fox News: ‘What’s endemic in our society right now is that everybody seems to be oriented on giving back rides and bestowing favor on people that robbed others of their rights.
‘We should be celebrating the good in people and trying to recognize that that’s the job they have is to try to elevate that, to make communities better, to make people care more, to not tear down communities by exposing them to people that’re falling out the bottom that really don’t care about the other human beings and just think they can do whatever they like in our society and they are doing it more and more in every community,’ Todd said.
Carlson agreed, lambasting LA’s spending of $440 million on homelessness prevention and housing in the last four years, $160 million of which went to Skid Row housing but still witnessing its homeless population swell by nearly 15 percent by 2020, to 63,706 people.
Carlson said such projects wouldn’t protect people like Sandra Shells, 70, an ER nurse, who was allegedly struck in the face without provocation by homeless man Kerry Bell, 48, just hours apart from Kupfer’s murder in downtown LA on Thursday.
Three days later, Shells passed away from her injuries. Bell, who had multiple convictions in other states, was charged with her murder.
‘Bell was homeless. He was a victim. He was part of a protected class. And then he killed somebody,’ Carlson said.
Carlson pointed out that the problem was the same in New York City, where the city’s Department of Homeless Services received about $2 billion last year, but at the same time, the Big Apple had 80,000 homeless people, a 2 percent increase from 78,604 reported in 2019.
After the policies of liberal District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York City has seen a spike in crime following its largest homeless population in the country.
61-year-old Simon Martial was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder Saturday for pushing 40-year-old Michelle Alyssa Go onto a subway track.
A reporter asked Martial if he killed the subway rider, and he self-admitted to it, saying, ‘Yes, because I’m God. Yes, I did it. I’m God. I can do it.’
Martial Simon’s older sister, Josette Simon, of Georgia, said her brother should have been taken to a mental health facility and not be on the street.
Winston Glynn, 30, a homeless man, was arrested last week for the murder of Kristal Byron-Nieves, 19, inside a NYC Burger King.
In spite of his lengthy criminal record and a warrant for his arrest for a previous attack, Glynn was never sent to jail for his crime because it did not qualify for bail.
Last Friday, as he was being led out of the 25th Precinct stationhouse after being booked, the Jamaican immigrant started shouting. An angry crowd shouted and cursed back at him in English and Spanish. The victim was of Puerto Rican descent.
While detectives were loading the handcuffed suspect into the back of the car, he yelled ‘f*** you all! and then bellowed, ‘America’s gonna BURN!’
Carlson pointed out that the legal scene changed in America when Latham & Watkins, the law firm based in Los Angeles with offices nationwide, represented Basil Humphrey, one of six homeless men who sued the city of Boise, Idaho, in 2009.
A number of homeless men and Humphrey objected to the anti-camping laws set up by Boise, which the Ninth Court of Appeals overturned.
Earlier in 2018, the court ruled that the city could not enforce its law unless it had enough beds available to house its homeless population, setting the precedent that all cities must provide public housing to their homeless residents.
‘At the same time, politicians suddenly had access to a massive new source of cash,’ Carlson explained. ‘Taxpayer money, many billions in taxpayer money, for something called homelessness prevention.’
As part of the discussion, Carlson also pointed out that Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Austin have all spent millions on combating homelessness in previous years.