According to former Republican presidential candidate and Charles Dickens villain Newt Gingrich, New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg “saved” more African-American lives than anyone else by ordering the police to profile black citizens.
Indeed, I can see the police making the argument that they “saved” Eric Garner from being killed in gang conflicts by doing it themselves. I’m not entirely sure that’s what the Idiot’s Idea of what a Smart Person is Supposed to Sound Like had in mind, though.
Gingrich made the argument while speaking on Sunday with CBS host Bob Schieffer. While he agreed that criminal justice reform was needed in the United States, and conceded that some people were in prison “who didn’t need to be,” he added the caveat that there “has to be some recognition — and this will probably get me in trouble — young people should be told when a policeman tells you to stop, stop.”
Is anyone arguing that they shouldn’t? After making a derail to whack this particularly bizarre strawman, Gingrich opined that “You have the first African-American president, you have an African-American attorney general six years into their effort,” and that “We are in some ways further apart, not closer together. That’s a tragic failure of leadership at the very top.”
Because Bush did such a great job bringing us all together?
Let me just remind you, the two people who have done the most to save African-American lives in New York City were Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg, their [stop and frisk] policing techniques, led by Chief Bratton who invented them, actually have saved thousands of lives by focusing on crime in a very intelligent way.
He recommended similar procedures be applied in Chicago.
Just as a reminder, a judge ordered New York City to reform the stop and frisk policy after ruling it was “indirect racial profiling.”
The only thing I’m sure Gingrich would take issue with there is the “indirect.”
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