Aka Bill de Blasio, who’s already bidding fair to go down in New York City as one of the worst mayors ever, which is really saying something:
For Mayor de Blasio, last week was one he’d like to forget. It started with brickbats over a botched plan for a blizzard that fizzled, and it was all downhill from there. By the end, he was battling something more pernicious than either Mother Nature or Gov. Cuomo. That would be political allies whose actions point up once again the dangers of his radical anti-police agenda.
In a decision that earned City Hall and its lawyers a rare but justified outburst from top cop Bill Bratton, de Blasio’s team wrote a check to a machete-wielding thug who was shot by cops after he threatened them. The payoff to Ruhim Ullah to drop his lawsuit was only $5,000 but the principle it represented — that cops who shot him did something wrong — sent Bratton into orbit.
“It’s outrageous that the city Law Department is continuing to not support the men and women of this department as they go about their duties,” he thundered. “Our cops work very hard trying to keep this city safe, and if they’re not going to be backed up by the city law office, we need to do something about this.”
De Blasio is a good example of the Leftist project in action: publicly claim to be on the side of law and order, but do everything you can behind the scenes to undermine it — something Barack Obama has perfected on the national level. It’s crucial, however, to have most of the media on your side, so nobody can blow an effective whistle and alert the public to the scam.
For de Blasio, both incidents meant he had to call fouls on his own team. “There can be nothing that suggests any violence towards officers,” de Blasio said of the Bronx Defenders. “That’s absolutely unacceptable, it’s heinous, it’s reprehensible, it can’t happen.”
But it did happen, and the mayor should look in the mirror if he wants to know why. The video emerged during the turmoil of anti-police protests over the Eric Garner case, and de Blasio was defending and even encouraging the crowds right up to the point where two officers were assassinated.
Nice. The Upper West Side always seems to think there’s no downside to electing a red-diaper baby (i.e., one of their own), until things to smash and it’s time to call in Kojak or Popeye Doyle. For reference, here’s what a picture of a real New York City mayor looks like: Seth Low.