Actor Dean Cain blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the city's recent police attacks, saying that the mayor is turning his back on the men and women who protect the city.
What are the details?
Cain, who is also a reserve officer in Idaho, tore into de Blasio in a Fox News interview on Monday.
Discussing the weekend's assassination attempts on members of the NYPD, Cain said that de Blasio's anti-police rhetoric is only fanning the flames of anti-police sentiment within the city.
Robert Williams, 44, reportedly approached an NYPD van on Saturday night and opened fire on two officers inside the vehicle. On Sunday, Williams showed up at the 41st Precinct station and opened fire on authorities inside. Authorities took him into custody immediately. Two officers were wounded, but luckily, no officers died as a result of the attacks.
Later that day, de Blasio said the attacks were an "assassination attempt" against members of the NYPD, and lauded the officers for their "heroism and extraordinary skill."
Cain told Fox News, "[de Blasio] should have said that from the very beginning. The police officers that I know in New York City ... feel like he has turned his back on them from the very beginning, and that's why they turn their backs on him."
Cain added that the "rhetoric and the words" from de Blasio have done nothing except "encourage these sorts of attacks on police officers." Cain insisted that the department's faith in de Blasio is "zero."
"The morale is horrible," he continued, insisting that the only way to fix the problem is for de Blasio to publicly support law enforcement.
"Doing things to support the police officers is a big part … It needs to change and he needs to change it," the veteran actor insisted.
January saw serious crimes increase by 16.9% year over year. According to the New York Times, "numerous law enforcement officials are highlighting statewide bail changes that they claim have allowed criminals to roam free."
Such bail changes, which went into effect Jan. 1, include prohibiting judges from imposing cash bail on defendants who have been accused of misdemeanor offenses and nonviolent felonies.
You can read more about the changes here.
Who else is upset about all this?
Cain clearly isn't the only one who believes de Blasio should be doing more to boost NYPD morale.
The tweet said, "Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn't over, Game on!"
De Blasio, for one, was unhappy with the union leader's remarks and said he should face consequences for the tweet.
According to the New York Post, the mayor said, "I have to say it's sad when someone feels they can be openly divisive and get away with it. I think there should be consequences for that kind of speech."
He added, "I would tell you that [for] hateful, divisive speech like that there should be consequences. I'm not an expert in this field, I'm only saying there should be consequences."
You can read more about the police morale here.
Joining Cain on Fox News was former Secret Service agent and radio host Dan Bongino, who echoed Cain's sentiments, blasting de Blasio for promoting a laissez faire attitude toward crime in the city.
“You have this liberal style of policing which, shockingly, prioritizes the rights of the criminals over the rights of the people," Bongino said. “It's really easy to understand – When you make it easy to be a bad guy, you're gonna get more bad guys. This is only complicated to liberals running these big cities."
Cain added, "When criminals are emboldened like that, it doesn't do anything to help the police officers. It does the exact opposite, and that's why we're seeing what we're seeing. This isn't brand new … It's all part of the same anti-police rhetoric, and de Blasio and [New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo are definitely a part of that problem."
(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)