N.Y. Republican Running for Congress Wants to ‘Federally Mandate the Death Penalty for Cop Killers’

Republican Desi Cuellar is running for election in AOC’s congressional district and pushing legislation that would require those who kill police officers to be sentenced to death.

QUICK FACTS:
  • In a tweet sent Jan. 25, Cuellar blasted progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who currently represents the same district he is running in and is vocal about being pro-soft-on-crime policies.
  • “So-called progressives like @AOC have created a culture where it’s okay for criminals to run the streets and even kill cops. When I’m elected to Congress, I will introduce a bill to federally mandate the death penalty for cop killers,” Cuellar said.
  • Cuellar explained to Fox News Digital his stance on protecting cops and his belief that individuals on the left don’t care about holding back criminals rather “all they care about is holding back the police.”
  • “The problem we face today is that the mindset of the modern criminal is one that understands they will not face severe consequences for their violent actions,” he continued. “And honestly, it feels like we are getting a lack of action on this crisis from both sides of the aisle. Everyone needs to wake up.”
CUELLAR ON NYC CRIME POLICIES:

“The blood of these officers is on the hands of these spineless politicians like AOC, or anybody on city council, or even the mayor right now, unless he does something about it.”

BACKGROUND:
  • This tweet comes on the heels of the most recent police officer-related shooting in New York City, where 22-year-old Jason Rivera and 27-year-old Wilbert Mora were killed in the line of duty by a career criminal in Harlem.
  • “What breaks my heart the most is that officers like Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora are heroes — everybody says that, nobody has a problem saying that,” Cuellar said. “But it is a shame that our brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us have to die before we look at them or refer to them as heroes.”
  • Cuellar is an Army National guardsman and immigrant who fled from Cuba during the communist Castro regime.
  • He announced his plans to run for a seat before attending a rally Wednesday in support of the fallen officers outside Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.