Typically, when a member of the far left makes ill-advised decisions or comments, others from their party stand at their side to back them up, usually placing blame on someone else from the opposite party. Or they do everything possible to squash the entire conversation, acting as though it never happened.
However, for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, it seems he is on his own. Even CNN is picking up on his many mistakes and taking him to task for it, with no stepping in to give him a break.
On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned the mayor about his response to the coronavirus outbreak, insinuating that the progressive lawmaker might be largely to blame for the mass exposure his city was given to the spreading virus.
New York City, as our largest and most populated city by far, seems to be the epicenter of the outbreak here in America, containing over 60 percent of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the nation. And the numbers only seem to be rising.
While the city, with its thousands upon thousands living and working in such close proximity, was bound to be hit hard by the virus, there were steps that could have been taken to prevent such a massive infection.
But someone (de Blasio) decided to ignore the advice of others and refuse to take those steps until it was too late.
Mayor de Blasio and the rest of the nation had been counseled for some time as to just how damaging this virus could be. But instead of taking precautions and closings things down in the city, as even his advisors suggested, he pushed his citizens to get out there and “go about their lives,” even as recently as two weeks ago.
He told the public repeatedly “to not avoid restaurants, not avoid normal things that people do…If you’re not sick, you should be going about your life.” He said, “Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions.”
But all the while, his staff was telling him to shut things down.
The Times reported that “There had been arguments and shouting matches between the mayor and some of his advisors; some top health officials had even threatened to resign if he refused to accept the need to close schools and businesses according to several people familiar with the internal discussions… ‘We all realized from the public health outcomes and political reality this needed to happen. He (de Blasio) just had to process it himself.”
New York Magazine reported a myriad of instances in which the mayor downplayed the seriousness of the virus, giving faulty advice to 311 callers, radio hosts, and even reporters. A City Council member noted, “It has been just a constant struggle to get the mayor to take action. I get it – he is concerned about the economic well being of the city, he doesn’t want to overreach, but he is doing this thing he does where the more people tell he is wrong, the more he is convinced he is the only one who has the right answer.”
And yet a few days later de Blasio’s story was much different. On March 14, the told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that “This is a war-like situation.” He complained to her, and several others since then, that Trump was not doing enough, stating that “We’re in a wartime scenario with a Mar-a-Lago attitude being used by the federal government.”
Now that de Blasio has actually “processed” the outbreak, and has started to take action, including finally closing schools and businesses, it seems he can do nothing but blame Trump for the state his city is in and lack of supplies he has on hand. Never mind that he had an opportunity to order these much-needed supplies weeks in advance and didn’t.
When Tapper asked whether his city would be in better shape if he had taken earlier action, he deflected the entire question, stating that it would do no good to consider the past. Instead, “This is just about how we save lives going forward.”
Why am I not surprised that he won’t take responsibility for his actions or the lack thereof? And yet, on a near-daily basis, he doesn’t seem to have a problem pointing out what he believes to be President Trump’s.