California state, federal politicians silent after AOC doubts existence of smash-and-grab robberies

“We have to talk about specifics because, for example, we’re actually seeing a lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Times in an interview last week. “I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a news conference in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The news conference was held to urge Congress to provide nearly $  400,000 to Jacobi Hospital's youth violence reduction program - Stand Up to Violence. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a news conference in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The news conference was held to urge Congress to provide nearly $ 400,000 to Jacobi Hospital’s youth violence reduction program – Stand Up to Violence. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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