On the debate stage, Bill de Blasio is a cocky and arrogant presence whose message is that politicians, like him, can accomplish all the leftist goals anyone can imagine. Meanwhile in the audience and outside, police and anti-police protesters were both protesting Bill de Blasio.
It’s a dubious achievement when both sides of an issue hate your guts and think you’re doing a terrible job.
NYPD cops turned out Wednesday to protest New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appearance at the 2020 Democratic primary debate, calling on him to get back to the Big Apple, negotiate with the men and women in blue, and “finish the job that he ran for.”
“Can’t run the city, can’t run the country,” roughly 20 New York officers chanted outside the Fox Theatre in Detroit, where Hizzoner will face off against nine rivals at the second night of primary debates Wednesday. They also carried signs accusing him of failing to help homeless New Yorkers, cutting city workers’ health care and putting “working people last.”
Some of this is a union thing. And so it differs from the anti-police protesters in the audience interrupting Bill de Blasio. But it does serve as a reminder of how badly his final term in office has been spinning out of control. And how poor his management of the city really is.
Had some of the candidates on the debate stage been more on the ball, they could have spiked it, but instead the failed mayor has been allowed to get away with babbling about pre-K while New York City is falling apart and much of the metropolis, across the spectrum, hates him.