New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's call to cut $1 billion out of the city's $6 billion police budget will result in a city that is "pandering to criminals" rather than supporting law enforcement, Rep. Lee Zeldin said Tuesday.
"With these calls all across America including New York City to defund, disband, demolish, the police department, we've heard it in all these forms, and what you actually (have) as a consequence is something that helps criminals, not law-abiding citizens," the New York Republican said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
Americans, he added, want law and order and want law enforcement agencies to be supported more, not less.
"They want to see elected officials like mayors and governors, instead of being feckless leaders, speaking up for law-abiding citizens," said Zeldin. "What you don't want to end up with in this country is for law-abiding men and women and others, even children, when they have to defend themselves to take matters into their own hands."
He added that one "great example" that is often used is that when it's late at night and you have to call 911 because there is an intruder in your house, "you don't want social workers. You want law enforcement. For so many reasons, this is a bad idea to walk away from law enforcement and not have their backs instead of pandering to criminals."
Zeldin noted that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani established law and order in the city, and as a result, it was able to prosper, but now, Americans want to see their leaders step up.
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