President Donald Trump's acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf tried and failed to drum up anti-immigrant furor on his Twitter account.
Sharing a disturbing story of an undocumented immigrant accused of murdering a 92-year-old woman, Wolf said New York City had seen a "complete breakdown of law and order."
It wasn't because the hit television show had been cancelled.
There has been a complete breakdown of law & order in New York City. NYC proudly passed sanctuary city laws & bragg… https://t.co/WcBf2e6v21— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@Acting Secretary Chad Wolf)1579133657.0
Wolf's tweet fed the Trump-backed narrative that undocumented immigrants are somehow more prone to commit violent crimes than American citizens.
In reality, over a third of New York City's residents are foreign-born. Crime in New York City had a record overall low in 2019.
While there will inevitably be violent crime in a city of nearly nine million people, there's hardly been a dissolution of law and order.
Nevertheless, people were eager to send their evidence of the violent anarchy currently taking place in New York.
NYC's complete breakdown of law and order has me so frightened that I've worked to transform my lazy food-obsessed… https://t.co/COBgXl1qtw— Dan SIoan 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@Dan SIoan 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇪🇺🏳️🌈)1579185328.0
@revrrlewis I don’t know about “complete breakdown of Law and Order”. But my wife did go see Wicked with her frien… https://t.co/GcI2amwAvT— Scott (@Scott)1579182456.0
@revrrlewis I don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s pure pandemonium in Brooklyn this morning. https://t.co/gDs0KhOQXK— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton)1579181125.0
@revrrlewis Currently watching anarchy from my window. Someone just jaywalked across the street.— Josh Hinton (@Josh Hinton)1579180965.0
@revrrlewis Kid sent me a photo of the violence in the street, it’s really disturbing https://t.co/6dgxjjagjH— The Chosen Pear (@The Chosen Pear)1579182259.0
@revrrlewis Oh yeah? Explain this https://t.co/ip4EJtcAFb— Ceci n'est pas un Vanweezer (@Ceci n'est pas un Vanweezer)1579182846.0
@revrrlewis They're signalling and stopping at the red light. Law and Order seems intact. (not pictured: wastelande… https://t.co/8nzZBbATT0— Austin Tyler Rogers (@Austin Tyler Rogers)1579198998.0
@revrrlewis Truly criminal prices https://t.co/d2T66lcrwD— Apparatus Of Kwalish (@Apparatus Of Kwalish)1579183824.0
Some people used Wolf's own logic against him.
@DHS_Wolf @DHSgov Considering you're still "acting secretary" after not one but TWO of your immediate predecessors… https://t.co/xeGrqubDIJ— Chad A. Griffiths is excited for Picard (@Chad A. Griffiths is excited for Picard)1579134370.0
@DHS_Wolf Watch out, more than one murder can be attributed to men called Chad. I think we should deport all Chads… https://t.co/cYtITFMLVJ— Veleda_k (@Veleda_k)1579139357.0
@DHS_Wolf Now do all the home grown white boys with gun.— Lisa G (@Lisa G)1579185410.0
Others just used facts.
@DHS_Wolf Crime in New York is at its lowest for several decades. But if you want to just lie, we can’t stop you. https://t.co/UFiAfPv6Mf— Tom Coates (@Tom Coates)1579139028.0
@DHS_Wolf Wow, look at this! Major felonies WAY, WAY DOWN in NYC since 2000! https://t.co/MxouqEBjlC— miss speech (@miss speech)1579153494.0
@DHS_Wolf What, someone in the Trump administration lying? Must be Wednesday. Or any other day. Or any minute of… https://t.co/uTXNQu6bZT— Steve T (@Steve T)1579137117.0
There likely won't be a complete breakdown of law and order in New York until the famously aggressive Central Park squirrels finish evolving.