Bill de Blasio Claims Israel Banned Horse Carriages, Caught Lying

Bill de Blasio is still struggling to push his horse carriage ban.

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Bill de Blasio is still struggling to push his horse carriage ban.

This week, Bill de Blasio reiterated he’s not open to any arguments against shutting down the city’s horse-carriage trade. The mayor said he’d traveled his own journey to his position, and saw “a lot of other cities around the world” have banned the horse carriages.

When we asked him to name those cities, his office sent us the following names: Tel Aviv, New Delhi and Oxford. That’s telling. Because just one year ago, as public advocate, he wrote a piece for The Huffington Post in which he claimed “London, Paris, Las Vegas, Toronto and Beijing — New York City’s chief rivals for tourism — have all banned horse-drawn carriages in recent years.”

What he wrote was false. Which explains the switcheroo.

It's still false.

While Tel Aviv did indeed ban horse drawn carriages, these were not touring carriages for tourists looking to drive through a park, they were dragging along various piles of goods and equipment.

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This is what New York City's horse drawn carriages that he wants to ban look like.

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This is what Tel Aviv's look like.

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This is a horse carriage in New Delhi.

It's a wild stretch to pretend that they are the same thing.

Bill de Blasio is dishonestly trying to use bans on low end labor carriages in cities to try and justify his plan to ban tourist carriages in a park.

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