D.C Residents Blast Democrat Mayor for Taking ‘Lavish’ Vacations While Crime Runs Rampant

Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser is facing a backlash for taking “lavish” taxpayer-funded trips while crime continues to run rampant in Washington D.C.

Residents are voicing their frustration with Bowser as the mayor heads to Las Vegas on taxpayers’ dime.

The vacation comes weeks after a lavish trip to the Masters Tournament.

D.C. resident Alex Kelinsky blasted Bowser’s luxury vacations during a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends First.”

“When you think about how neglectful she’s been to D.C. and the D.C. residents – she hasn’t tackled any of the stuff she set out to do – and the fact that she’s going off on these wonderful boondoggles, spending taxpayer dollars to go on these lavish trips with folks that clearly haven’t delivered for us, is frustrating. It’s infuriating,” Kelinsky stated.

“What do you do when you don’t have a leader that cares about you anymore?”

Bowser jetted off to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) at Wynn Las Vegas over the weekend, along with 14 other elected officials and staff members.

The trip comes after the Democrat mayor faced scrutiny over transparency about her trip to the Master’s Tournament in Augusta, Georgia last month.

As Slay News reported, Bowser claims the goal of both trips was economic development and investment.

However, Kelinsky, a former D.C. restaurant owner, asserts that local business owners have long been overlooked by the administration.

Kelinsky told co-host Carley Shimkus he was forced to close in 2023 due to persistent crime.

“We had over five break-ins in a five-month period, and it just became untenable to operate,” Kelinsky said.

He added the city offered no support and left his business completely abandoned.

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“At some point, we said, ‘Why are we here?’

“Why are we spending all this money to stay in a very expensive area when we can move out into Virginia or Maryland, do significantly better, and not face the same crime and disrespect, frankly, from the mayor, who is just all platitudes and rhetoric.”

The Metropolitan Police Department reported increases in D.C. crime across the board in 2023.

Robberies are up 67% and overall violent crime is up 39%.

In response to growing concerns from local business leaders, the city council passed the Secure D.C. Omnibus Amendment Act of 2024.

The bill was signed into law by Mayor Bowser on March 11.

It reportedly includes more than 100 proposals to fight crime.

Kelinsky said the key to bringing back businesses is to be tough on crime.

“We need to actually go after the culprits that are doing these things,” he said.

“We need to lock them up and we need to hold them.

“We need tactical policing of the streets, hard on crime, focused on the key issues that are really affecting us all every day.”

Kelinsky argued the city needs the right leadership in order to be successful.

“[Mayor Bowser] is notorious for these lavish trips going all over the place, spending dollars that are not hers,” he said.

“She’s allegedly bringing back businesses to D.C.

“Well, what about the businesses in D.C.?

“Let’s focus on those that have stood by you all these years that you’ve abandoned.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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