NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Skips NYPD Swearing-in Ceremony to Attend G20 Protest in Germany
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday skipped an NYPD swearing-in ceremony, made especially poignant by this week’s assassination-style murder of a female police officer in the Bronx, so he could attend an anti-Trump protest in Germany.
According to the New York Post, de Blasio was too busy preparing for his surprise trip to Germany where he plans to join leftist protesters at the G-20 summit on Saturday.
Hizzoner’s overseas jaunt was kept under wraps until just 90 minutes before he took off from Newark Airport. A last-minute announcement said he “will attend several events surrounding the G-20 Summit, including Saturday’s Hamburg Zeigt Haltung rally.”
The Marxist mayor is scheduled to take part in a rally and will return to New York City Sunday.
The rally's organizers are reportedly paying for the mayor's trip. Hamburg Shows Attitude is also picking up the tab for de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips and two other aides.
Organizers of the event in Hamburg tweeted that they were paying for de Blasio’s trip to Hamburg but did not specify the cost of the trip. Security and overtime costs are typically paid for by the taxpayers.
“We can confirm: we pay for the travel because it's worth to not just hear the voice of President Trump in Germany these days,” event organizers tweeted.
A German website did not list de Blasio as one of the celebrities attending the demonstration, however.
Numerous personalities of Hamburg support the event. In addition to the already mentioned Green politicians Anjes Tjarks, Corny Littmann , football coach Ewald Lienen (FC St. Pauli), Thalia director Joachim Lux, ballet director John Neumeier and actress Nina Petri.
A longer list of people participating in the event is here. The mayor did not make that list, either.
According to the Hamburg Zeigt Haltung website, protesters are concerned about "worldwide development of exclusion, religious intolerance, violence, attacks on freedom of the press and minorities, a new nationalism and authoritarian behavior, as well as contempt for women."
To solve the problems of the world, we need no new nationalism, but more cross-border cooperation. We need no opposites, but constructive coexistence. We need a modern, democratic and cosmopolitan policy. In this sense we want to set a sign:
We stand for human rights and humanity, for a policy of communion and peaceful coexistence. We show flag for women's rights and equality, for diversity and tolerance, for respect, an open society and freedom of the press. For our values and our principles - for a colorful world.
Lutheran bishop Kirsten Fehrs of Hamburg said supporters of the demonstration were not opposed to the G-20 summit itself, but to certain participating leaders.