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Rep Ocasio-Cortez Downplays the Rise in Flash Mob Robberies

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is downplaying the rise in flash mob robberies happening across the country.

Numerous videos reveal the spike in smash-and-grab robberies organized on social media and in some cases, getaway cars are lined up for quick escapes.

Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with The Washington Times, “A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.”

However, Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks don’t match reality as videos show retail outlets are prime targets.

Breitbart reports:

Contrary to the New York Democrat’s claims, the smash-and-grab crimewave has severely impacted retail outlets, with up to tens of billions of dollars in losses, according to the Associated Press.

Retail outlets are faced with cutting hours or permanently closing their doors.

Walgreens hit back at Ocasio-Cortez, saying, crime “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”

Due to the spike in crime, Walgreens announced at least five stores in California will be closed.

The president of the California Retailers Association Rachel Michelin says, “This level of violence has taken it to a whole new level.”

Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) said Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were “tone-deaf and offensive.”

Other critics called out Ocasio-Cortez on social media.

Ocasio-Cortez is in denial over the fact that soft on crime policies spearheaded by Democrats are failing which makes Americans and retail outlets vulnerable.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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