Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t want you to believe your eyes and wants you to believe her.
The far left congresswoman told the Washington Times that the smash and grabs seen in California and Chicago are not real.
“A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out,” she said. “I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”
AOC claims what you see in the video below didn’t really happen.
CNN: “Customers are terrified” as “smash-and-grab” robbers target retailers in Democrat-run cities. pic.twitter.com/PmwYM64Ajd
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Republican lawmakers and retailers hit back at AOC’s claims:
“Organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company, Walgreens told The Washington Times, adding that the crime “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”
“I don’t know what data she is talking about,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican.
“But you don’t really need much data from someplace in San Francisco or California. All you need to do is walk down the street to the CVS in Eastern Market,” he said, referring to an area of Washington, D.C. near the Capitol. “I’ve seen on multiple occasions when I’ve been in there buying things, someone will come in and raid a shelf and walk out.” [….]
The Retail Industry Leaders Association also took issue with her remarks in a comment to The Washington Times.
“Respectfully, the Congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about. Both the data and stack of video evidence makes fairly clear that this is a growing problem in need of solutions,” Jason Brewer, RILA senior executive vice president of communications said in an email. “If she is not concerned with organized theft and increasingly violent attacks on retail employees, she should just say that.”
Those smash and grabs have turned deadly after a security guard was killed in California protecting a tv crew covering the pillaging.