New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is catching heat from Republican lawmakers and retail groups over comments dismissing a wave of smash-and-grab robberies that’s gripped parts of the United States in recent weeks.

Republica Rep. Greg Murphy wrote on Twitter Sunday in response to the progressive firebrand’s remarks:

‘The pure tone-deaf arrogance of the Progressive Left is astounding.’

In an interview with The Washington Times last week, Ocasio-Cortez said:

“A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.” 

‘I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up,’ she added.

She was referring to an incident late last month during which four people armed with hammers broke into a Bay Area Walgreens and stole $2,400 worth of cosmetics and other merchandise.

Walgreens fired back, stating:

“Organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company,” adding that the crime “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”

Retail Industry Leaders Association representative Jason Brewer also responded to the Democrat Socialist’s remarks:

“Respectfully, the Congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about. Both the data and stack of video evidence makes fairly clear that this is a growing problem in need of solutions. If she is not concerned with organized theft and increasingly violent attacks on retail employees, she should just say that.”

While former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik tweeted:

“She’s not doubting the existence, she’s ignoring it and emboldening it.”

Below is some “data” for AOC:

Sources: Dennismichaellynch, FoxNews, Washington Times

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