Quasi-Communist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to make up his mind about running for president, but he’s certainly using Trump’s name and likeness to make a stand in his hometown. On Monday, the mayor appeared at Trump Tower in Manhattan to promote New York City’s answer to the Green New Deal, a proposal that will levy fines against building developers who do not bring their properties into compliance with new environmental regulations.
But while de Blasio might have been expecting a friendly crowd at the president’s NYC home base, he was met with a crowd of angry protesters there to support Trump.
From Fox News:
Speaking in front of the same escalators where Trump launched his 2016 campaign, de Blasio blasted the president’s rollback of Obama-era environmental policies, his move to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement and his appointment of climate change skeptics to the Cabinet.
“His buildings are one of the biggest polluters in New York City,” de Blasio said. “Cut your emissions or we’ll cut something you really care about.”
De Blasio, who is mulling a Democratic presidential run, added: “We’ll take your money.”
The mayor, though, was forced to shout for much of his speech amid jeers from a crowd of about a dozen protesters inside the lobby of Trump Tower, which also had music blasting over the speakers. A number of protesters rode up and down the escalator behind de Blasio carrying cardboard signs with slogans like “Worst Mayor Ever,” “Failed Mayor,” and “Trump 2020.”
In an attempt to save face with the crowd, de Blasio said he was fine with the protesters and insinuated that they were merely ignorant.
“They’re scared of the truth,” he said. “Anyone that has a problem with saving the planet, I have a problem with them.”
Last week, people close to the mayor told the press that he would announce whether or not he was joining the ridiculously-overcrowded race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But Thursday – the expected date – came and went without any word from de Blasio. Perhaps he got a look at poll numbers that suggested he would enter the race with exactly 0% of support. That would be enough to make even the most foolishly idealistic liberal think twice about running.
And when it comes to being foolishly idealistic, de Blasio is right up there with some of Communism’s finest.