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Mayor de Blasio’s Double Standard: Police Social Distancing, Abandon ‘Begging’ NYPD

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been pleading with residents to practice social distancing for months amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and has even gone so far as to encourage them to turn in their neighbors or anyone for that matter who violates the rules.

When there was a Jewish funeral for a well-respected rabbi in Brooklyn, De Blasio blasted the group of mourners and threatened them with arrest.

“I have instructed the NYPD to proceed with immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period,” he said in a tweet posted on May, 28.

Despite the backlash he faced for singling out the Jews, he doubled down, defended his earlier statement and again called out a “Yeshiva”, a Jewish school, in a tweet posted on May, 18. The NYPD and the Mayor “shut down” the school for holding classes and issued “a Cease and Desist Order.”

When riots broke out this week across New York City, as thousands of people gathered in the streets in response to the tragic death of the unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer, De Blasio didn’t have much to say. In fact, there was an obvious lack of face masks and social distancing seemed non-existent in the crowds that marched down the city streets.

De Blasio, however, turned his nose to that and encouraged it even as the frustrated crowds grew violent and destructive.

De Blasio’s selective enforcement of the social distancing orders and lockdowns became all too clear as he and others unnecessarily traveled and gathered in large groups across the city.

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There was an ordered curfew on Monday night, but the police were outnumbered and failed to enforce it. And what happened before nightfall is telling as the NYPD cleared a park of Orthodox Jewish women and children in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeing the NYPD yesterday kick mothers and children out of a Williamsburg Park while simultaneously allowing New York City to burn at the hands of rioters shows the Mayor’s true feelings about his Jewish constituents. We are calling on the Mayor to stop his double standards when it comes to the Jewish community and to treat everyone equally,” Liora Rez, Director of StopAntisemitism.org, told this reporter Tuesday.

When the Mayor’s daughter, Chiara, 25, was arrested late Saturday for her role in the protests, he defended her. According to the New York Post, she was allegedly blocking traffic and refused to move.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted de Blasio during his press conference Tuesday for refusing the support of the National Guard by insisting that the police could handle it on their own.

“The Mayor of New York City says he doesn’t need the National Guard and he doesn’t think they would be helpful and he can do it with the NYPD,” Gov. Cuomo said. “First, the NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that. Second, you have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people.”

“Look at the videos. It was a disgrace. I believe that. I believe the Mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don’t think they used enough police to address the situation because it’s inarguable that that was not addressed last night. Facts.”

Cuomo added that the situation “was inexcusable” and that his offers to deploy the National Guard fell on deaf ears. “My option is to displace the Mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the Governor in a State of Emergency and basically take over… the Mayor’s job, you’d have to displace the Mayor, right” but that action, he said, would do harm than good in the “already chaotic” environment.

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Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, an NYPD Union, told this reporter Tuesday the de Blasio’s failure to activate necessary resources has left the police force feeling helpless.

“The Mayor’s playing politics, Jennie,” Mullins said. “What’s happening here is the NYPD are losing control of their city. I have emails and messages from NYPD members of a variety of ranks that are begging for help. And they all say our hands our being tied, we cannot respond, we’re not utilizing the equipment we have in order to end this. The only reason they are going to work is for the people who stand to the left of them and to the right of them. They feel defeated and they believe we are losing this city and that the Mayor has done nothing as have the police commissioner and the chiefs who the rank and file feel they’ve abandoned. We’re beyond doing anything at this point.”

“It’s gonna be another bad night. We had a sergeant last night run over with a car, we had firebombings to our vehicles, we had Molotov cocktails thrown into our vehicle. This has gone on with our hands tied. We are being told to stand down. And the public needs to know this. The people who live in this city are being abandoned and we’re not able to help them. The NYPD is very capable of addressing this. Why is it that everyone is saying that we have everything, that we should be able to do this and we’re not doing a good job, because we’re being held back. The Mayor needs to lead and he’s not. And we’re going to get people killed.”

In a series of Tweets posted Tuesday, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani pressured Gov. Cuomo to oust de Blasio. “Gov. Cuomo should remove Mayor DiBlasio,” Guiliani wrote. “He is preventing the NYPD from taking the actions that have prevented riots in the past. Surely, you remember the Gigante report which helped me prevent riots under circumstances of long protests with many attempts to turn them violent.”

During his presser Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo, however, said he wasn’t at the point of removing the Mayor from his position. The Mayor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The story will be updated if one is received.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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