Al Sharpton took a shot at progressives at a convention hosted by his National Action Network on Thursday, saying he’s now in lockstep with Mayor Eric Adams on combating massive metropolis crime.
“Anybody that tells you they’re progressive however don’t care about coping with violent crimes usually are not,” Sharpton stated on the Sheraton New York lodge in Times Square. “Progressive for who?
“We gotta cease utilizing progressive as a noun and use it as an adjective,” he stated. “You’re labeled progressive however your motion is regressive. I’m woke? You should suppose I’m asleep.”
He stated he’s on board with Adams on the necessity for “a nationwide agenda round city violence, city crime and accountability.”
Sharpton, who famously did not endorse Adams’ mayoral run, because of concern over his NYPD background, got here beneath hearth final yr for taking a get-touch stance on shoplifters — an sudden flip of occasions for the profession liberal activist.
“He’s seeing what’s occurring in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and it’s clear there’s a public security disaster throughout the nation,” political guide Ken Frydman stated Thursday. “He needs to be a number one voice on that difficulty.”
On Thursday, Sharpton launched a panel of mayors for a dialogue on rampant city crime, with Adams, lame-duck Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, and former Pittsburgh Mayor Michael Mutter all taking the stage.
The panel was a part of a five-day convention hosted by the NAN that’s scheduled to incorporate an tackle by Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday.
The city crime dialogue comes as a number of the nation’s largest cities are struggling to maintain a lid on crime, together with Lightfoot’s Chicago and the Big Apple.
Lightfoot, who has come beneath hearth for failing to reel in crime within the Windy City, blamed the media.
“Those of you who’re from outdoors of Chicago are like, ‘Wait, I assumed Chicago was the homicide capital of the world. I assumed Chicago was essentially the most violent place which you could’t stroll down the road,’” she stated.
“But the reality is – and this is without doubt one of the largest challenges – we’ve to interrupt by means of what the media needs to painting black-led cities as and inform the reality about what’s really occurring in our streets.”
All 4 mayors pushed for a holistic response to crime targeted on training and neighborhood intervention — and maintained that cops can’t do it alone with out psychological well being and different providers.
Additional reporting by Kevin Sheehan
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