Ex-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio leaves politics as he found it, as a disgusting creature incapable of accepting responsibility and looking for scapegoats. After failed presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns in his wake, he’s back to doing what he did best as mayor, blame the Jews.
In an interview with the anti-Israel Forward rag, Bill de Blasio rants about AIPAC and complains that Orthodox Jewish voters rejected him.
Hours earlier, he spent two hours fielding questions from a dozen Orthodox voters about Israel, yeshiva education and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Hasidic neighborhoods. “I was almost experiencing cognitive dissonance,” he recalled of the late hours of Monday night when he was contemplating his next steps.
“But the fact is people were either tired of me or wanted a change so much that it didn’t even matter whether I might deliver more tangible change,” he said. “People are just not interested in what I have to offer at this point.”
Can’t imagine why.
In an interview at a coffee shop in Park Slope last week, just days after he dropped out of a crowded primary for the newly redrawn and heavily Jewish 10th congressional district, de Blasio was unapologetic about his change of tone toward the pro-Israel lobbying group.
He said that AIPAC has slowly moved away from its big tent approach in recent years to a point that it became closely aligned with Republicans and hostile to the progressive movement. But he didn’t pay much attention to that since he was busy leading the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
AIPAC is single issue. It supports Democrats and Republicans based on that. De Blasio is dumb, but he isn’t so dumb that he’s unaware of how this works.
“I say this with hope and compassion, I wish they would come home,” de Blasio said of AIPAC. “I wish they would go back where they were. Because this model is not going to work. You can’t spend massive amounts of money to defeat progressives who have an organic constituency. And if they become a right-wing Republican organization, then they’ve just kissed goodbye to their entire concept.”
AIPAC is as right-wing Republican as Bill de Blasio is a competent politician.
While admitting he’s gotten the memo, de Blasio said he’s “sad” he was rejected by voters at a time he thought he had learned from his mistakes and figured out how to be a better communicator than in the past.
Spoilert alert: no he hasn’t.