After a violent career criminal died while being subdued in a chokehold by a former U.S. Marine, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) released a statement that appeared to support the Marine — and MSNBC host Chris Hayes didn’t like that.
Jordan Neely, a Black homeless man who has been arrested 44 times for crimes including attempting to kidnap a seven-year-old girl, was on the New York City subway screaming at passengers and issuing threats. A 24-year-old White former Marine — along with two other passengers, one of whom was Black — feared for the safety of his fellow subway riders, and decided to put Neely in a chokehold. The radical left has seized the opportunity, trying to claim that this incident amounted to murder of a homeless, mentally ill Black man.
Shockingly, Hochul appeared to stand with the former Marine in a statement she put out following the incident — pointing to the homelessness crisis and noting that there are “consequences for behavior.”
“One element we haven’t talked about is the billion dollar investment in mental health services so we don’t have people who are homeless in our subways, many of them in the throws of mental health episodes,” the New York governor wrote. “And that’s what I believe are some of the factors here. There are consequences for behavior. I will look at it more closely to find out whether the state has a role.”
However, this incident appears to have split the left into two camps: those who understand that multiple witnesses corroborated the former Marine’s statement that Neely posed a threat and he was only trying to subdue him, and those who think that everyone in the situation should have just stepped back and let the homeless man continue screaming threats, hoping he didn’t act on them.
One member of the latter group was MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who sent out a tweet in all caps calling Hochul and anyone else who agreed with her monsters.
“WHAT IS GOING ON YOU PEOPLE SOUND LIKE MONSTERS MY GOD,” Hayes tweeted.
WHAT IS GOING ON YOU PEOPLE SOUND LIKE MONSTERS MY GOD https://t.co/FZW9lT4jUs
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 4, 2023
Meanwhile, Hochul appeared to be trying to sit on the fence in this situation. While she did say that there are “consequences for behavior,” the Democrat governor also told reporters that the chokehold was an “extreme response,” and said that Neely’s “family deserves justice.”
Radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went much further than Hayes or Hochul — claiming that the homeless man with a history of violence was “murdered.” She also pushed one of her usual talking points — that violent criminals in New York are just desperate for food.
“Justin Neely was murdered,” she wrote in response to a statement from New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
“But bc Jordan was houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself while many in power demonize the poor, the murderer gets protected w/ passive headlines + no charges. It’s disgusting,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
She was responding to a press release from Adams, which read: “Any loss of life is tragic. There’s a lot we don’t know about what happened here, so I’m going to refrain from commenting further. However, we do know there were serious mental health issues in play here which is why our administration has made record investment in providing care to those who ended it and getting people off the streets and subways, and out of dangerous situations.”
Adams was asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s comments during an appearance on CNN, and he surprisingly rebuked his fellow New York Democrat.
“I don’t think that’s very responsible at a time when we’re still investigating the situation,” the mayor said. “Let’s let the DA conduct his investigation with the law enforcement officials, to really interfere with that is not the right thing to do.”
“And I’m going to be responsible and allow them to do their job and allow them to determine what exactly happened here,” Adams added.
Hayes also responded to Adams’ statement, writing: “What on *earth* is this statement?”
What on *earth* is this statement? https://t.co/ENAnSMyRbS
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 3, 2023
Meanwhile, critics blasted Hayes on Twitter for standing up for the violent criminal — noting that it’s the left’s view that people should just sit back and “allow the dangerous criminal to harm you.”
Yes guys just allow the dangerous criminal to harm you.
— Movie Mad Motto (@Rob_Motto) May 4, 2023