Outgoing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confused millions of New Yorkers this week when he bizarrely claimed he doesn’t “believe in shutdowns” after shuttering the nation’s biggest city for months.
“Look, I don’t believe in shutdowns. We have to fight our way through COVID,” de Blasio told NBC’s Today Show when asked about this year’s New Year’s Eve event in Times Square.
“Shutdowns are not the answer,” he repeated. “The answer is get people vaccinated. This event is vaccination-only. It’s gonna be outdoors, vaccination-only, masks required, socially distanced.”
NBC's Kristen Welker: "Given that some local officials are calling for you to cancel the in-person event altogether, why not scale back [NYC's ball drop] even further?"
Bill de Blasio: "Look, I don't believe in shutdowns. We have to fight our way through Covid." pic.twitter.com/lfS8U5HvwV
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 30, 2021
The Mayor spoke with MSNBC on his final days in office; urging every Mayor, Governor, and CEO in the United States to implement “vaccine mandates now.”
“We’ve got to get out of the COVID era. Today, we’re implementing the strongest vaccine mandate in the country. All private sector employees. This is what we need to do everywhere. Every mayor, every governor, every CEO in America should do vaccine mandates now,” said de Blasio.
Watch the Mayor’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: 400+ Shootings in NYC Since March, Mayor Says ‘I’m Going to Answer in the Positive!’
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to deflect criticism as violent crime spirals out of control in the nation’s biggest metropolis; saying Big Apple residents must work together to “get past this tough moment in history.”
There have been more than 400 shootings in New York City since March 1st.
“People can ask questions in the negative, I’m going to answer in the positive,” Hizzoner said. “I think this is a little inside baseball, with all due respect.”
— New York Post (@nypost) June 8, 2021
“We are doing what we’ve got to do to set the strategies in place to get past this really tough moment in our city’s history — and we will overcome it,” he added.
“Next they will announce a new program called ‘community policing,'” the person added. “The truth is crime is out of control, these cops feel they have their hands tied and feel no one in City Hall will back them.”
Read the full report at Fox News.