President Trump hit Mayor Bill de Blasio over New York City’s skyrocketing shootings and called on police to “be allowed to do their jobs” during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday night.
The president’s dig at Hizzoner came after he was asked what could be done to address the ongoing protests over racial inequality and police brutality, including the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
“I think they were tragic events,” Trump said from Philadelphia, before adding that while there are “bad apples” within police departments, “99 percent [are] great people.”
“Those events are terrible,” Trump said, “but we have to allow the police to do their job, otherwise crime is going to soar.”
He then pointed to the Big Apple, where there’s been a sky-high uptick in shootings over the last few months, with a 50 percent increase over Labor Day weekend alone compared to last year.
“The city was safe, and