New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been facing enormous stress as the city seemingly comes crashing down around him. His words have divided his city government from their law enforcement and divided his constituents along racial lines… which is why somehow Mayor de Blasio was able to blame the media for all of his problems yesterday.
Seriously… he blamed the media.
Question from Media: Mr. Mayor, you were referring to protesters as people who are working to advance justice in society. The chants that we were hearing at the protests, ”NYPD-KKK. How do you spell racist? KKK.’ Would you be comfort able with your young adults in your household chanting like this at the protests, and we’re hearing virtually every protest?
Mayor Bill de Blasio: No, of course not.
Question from Media: What do you make of these specific, as well as other protesters who were literally getting in cops faces and yelling murderers.
Mayor de Blasio: We’ve talk about this so many times and I’m not going to talk about it again. And now the question now is, what are you guys going to do? What are you guys going to do? Are you going to keep dividing us? I’m not talking about every single one of you, but let’s get real. Just in that question. 25,000 people marched down one of our streets a few days back, absolutely peaceful, no chants like that, peacefully calling for what they believed in as American citizens, and the NYPD protected them, and I told people at the time, I said it repeatedly, I got calls from all over this country with admiration for the NYPD for the way it protected people’s democratic rights.
I heard from some of the protesters who appreciated the NYPD. I heard from NYPD officers and leaders who said they saw peaceful protests, respectful protests. What you managed to do is pull up the few who do not represent the majority, who are saying unacceptable things, who shouldn’t be saying those things, and they — some who actually physically attacked police officers, which I’ve said is absolutely unacceptable. We will prosecute them to the fullest. Everyone must participate in finding those individuals, providing information to police, intervening to stop them, alerting the police. I will keep saying this over and over, and the question is, will you tell the world about it? Because you all are part of this, too.
So, yes, there some bad people who say inappropriate things. There’s some people who say hateful things. They have no place in these protests. They are not what I’m talking about. I am talking about, excuse me, I am talking about the vast majority of New Yorkers like the vast majority of Americans who believe in peaceful democratic process. I don’t care where they are in the political spectrum. The vast majority of our citizens are good and decent people who do not say negative things, racist things, nasty things to police, threatening things to police.
The few who want conflict, attempt that, and unfortunately so many times you guys enable that. I don’t see reports on the many decent, good people. I don’t see reports on the everyday cops who do the exemplary thing and hold the line and show restraint and discipline no matter what invective is hurled at them.
I am telling you over again again, that’s how you want to portray the world but we know a different reality. There are people who do that. It’s wrong. It’s wrong. They shouldn’t do that. It’s immoral, it’s wrong, it’s nasty, it’s negative. They should not do that but they, my friend, are not the majority. Stop portraying them as the majority.