It’s bad when your leadership is so corrupt and incompetent that your own police force comes out to protest your offices. But how bad does your mayoral tenure have to be that officers would travel halfway across the country to tell you to your face? That’s the sad scenario facing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who hasn’t realized yet that nothing short of a miracle would make him the next President of the United States.
In fact, it seems there are quite a few things that de Blasio hasn’t realized.
NYPD cops were in Detroit on Wednesday, though, to help him see the light. While de Blasio was preparing to get up on the CNN debate stage, these cops were protesting outside the Fox Theatre, telling de Blasio to quit his campaign, come back to New York City, and “finish the job that he ran for.”
From Fox News:
“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.”
“Mayor de Blasio,” they chanted. “No friend of labor!”
The de Blasio campaign declined to comment.
The cops, who traveled from New York, told Fox News that they had been out of contract for almost two years with no raise to speak of, and that de Blasio wanted to give them raises that were well below inflation. The protest was organized by the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) which represents 24,000 rank-and-file officers.
While the cops protesting in Detroit had fair compensation on their minds, de Blasio’s ragged relationship with the NYPD goes well beyond issues of finance. It was only two years ago that police officers turned their backs on him as he spoke at the funeral of a fallen cop. NYPD officers have accused him repeatedly of doing more to protect criminals in the Big Apple than he does to protect his own police.
And while de Blasio has condemned the recent dousing of officers with water by citizens, many in the NYPD blame him for turning New York communities against them with his constant racial rhetoric.
In the first Democratic primary debate, de Blasio used what little time he had to talk about how he’d instructed his mixed-race son, Dante, about “how to protect himself in the streets of our city, including the fact that he has to take special caution because there have been too many tragedies between young men and our police.”
According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, de Blasio is currently at 0.5% in the 2020 race. It might be time for him to abandon this fantasy run and get back to the realities awaiting him back home.