New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic and school re-opening plan on MSNBC Friday; saying his office has set the “gold standard” in fighting the contagion.
“What were you guys doing all summer? Why did all of this just dawn on you now? asked the MSNBC host.
“Look, all summer long we’ve been preparing… So much work was done over the summer. We set the global gold standard for what it would take to bring back schools!” said de Blasio. “You’re talking about constant cleaning.”
.@NYCMayor De Blasio brags of NYC’s shambolic attempts at reopening schools: “We set literally a gold standard”; “only reason” we’re talking about opening them at all is thanks to the "heroic" steps we took to stop Covid pic.twitter.com/RW5TvIZFQM
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 18, 2020
“It takes a lot of work. Staffing is something we realize; we have to add more. Schools are re-opening in New York City. There are more and more people coming back to work. Things are happening in this city,” he added.
Watch De Blasio’s comments above.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: 2 NYPD Shot, 1 Stabbed, Mayor Says Protests Remind Him of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
Two members of the NYPD were shot in Brooklyn overnight Monday and another officer stabbed in the neck as protesters defied an 8pm curfew imposed by beleaguered Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The melee unfolded when a suspect approached a cop on Church Avenue near Flatbush Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. and stabbed him in the neck, a police source said,” reports the New York Post.
Meanwhile, the mayor faced a growing backlash after saying the violent situation reminded him of John Lennon’s utopian anthem ‘Imagine.’
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "I don't mean to make light of this but I'm reminded of the song 'Imagine' by John Lennon." pic.twitter.com/ElerZgB2y3
— The Hill (@thehill) June 3, 2020
“I don’t mean to make light of this. But I’m reminded of the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. We played it at my inauguration! What about a world where people got along differently? What about a world where we didn’t live with a lot of the restrictions that we live with now,” said De Blasio. “We’re not there yet. The protest movement themselves is how we make progress!”
Read the full report at the New York Post.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: Embattled Mayor Says Spike in CoVID Hospitalizations Has Nothing to do With Protests
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters he would be “surprised” if a recent spike in CoVID-19 hospitalizations was related to the ongoing George Floyd protests taking place in all five boroughs.
“I would be surprised if that’s what’s causing it,” de Blasio said Friday. “I think we’re much more likely in the next week [or] 10 days to see a manifestation, if there is one.”
“It is dangerous to be close together,” he admitted. “I don’t like that.”
Watch Bill de Blasio get Booed at a George Floyd Memorial.
How embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/iaEzWStJNP
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 4, 2020
“If you were at one of those protests, I would, out of an abundance of caution, assume that you are infected,” Governor Cuomo said Thursday. “One person, one person can infect hundreds if you were at a protest.”
Read the full report at Fox News.