House Judiciary chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) came to the Javits Building in Lower Manhattan on Monday to show local Democrats what bread and circuses means in 2024.
The chair of the committee held hearings Monday on crime in New York and no amount of Democratic pooh-poohing it can change that.
Dems accuse Jordan of using the event to “protect Donald Trump,” as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan) put it, after the notoriously soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted the ex-president.
House delegation member Elise Stefanik, New York’s top Republican in Congress, praised the victims who testified — while chiding critics who tried to smear them.
“It’s important to note that many of the Democrats on this committee have smeared brave victims and fellow New Yorkers here today, calling them props, a circus, a performance, MAGA Broadway props and an underlying sham,” she said.
“What have Republicans focused on? We focused on giving victims a voice. We focused on crimes.”
Monday’s field hearing, aimed at what Republicans called Bragg’s “pro-crime, anti-victim politics,” followed a preemptive rebuttal from Democrats dismissing the move as a “sham” to get back at Bragg for charging former President Donald Trump with 34 felony counts of business fraud.
Many high profile crime victims or their advocates testified to the brutal treatment they have received from Bragg’s office. From non-prosecution of felons to outright imprisonment for defending themselves.
Shortly before the hearing got underway, Nadler and New York City Mayor Eric Adams held a fiery press briefing condemning the event as a political stunt.
“The House Judiciary Committee will convene what the chairman calls a field hearing,” Nadler told reporters. “It may have some of the trappings of a hearing — it will have opening statements, witnesses, and the members will ask questions — but don’t be fooled, this is not a serious exercise. This is a political stunt.”
Yet Nadler and his fellow Democrats on the committee have never been called out for their participation in two bogus impeachment hearings against Trump on charges that have since been shown to be false.
It’s about time Republicans begin to battle back against these progressive ideologues who do not have our best interests in mind.