NYC Mayor Defends Daughter Arrested at “Protest”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has changed his tune on social distancing once again.
After initially rejecting any calls from his advisers to lock down his city and enact social distancing measures, he was eventually shamed into shutting down his city’s schools (among other measures) – but not before one final visit to the gym. Less than two weeks prior de Blasio defended not shutting down the city, which he saw as a move that would be caving to “undue fear.” For a virus that spreads at an exponential rate, every day counts, and that has visibly been the case in NYC. According to a former CDC director, New York’s death toll would be up to 80% lower (or as “little” as 50% lower) had social distancing measures been enacted just two weeks prior (statewide – but especially in NYC). And from New York the virus spread to the rest of the nation (in other words, had NYC locked down, the rest of the country wouldn’t have).
Once his city did go into lockdown, penalties were especially harsh for those violating guidelines. On a few notable occasions de Blasio singled out the Jewish community for criticism for attending funerals. “My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period” he wrote in a tweet.
But apparently social distancing guidelines only apply to those looking to run their business, not those seeking to destroy them. Nor do they apply to members of his own family, as we learned last night that his own daughter was arrested while joining the rioters in Manhattan.
As Hannity reported:
de Blasio said he was “proud” of his daughter after the 25-year-old was reportedly arrested in Manhattan for blocking traffic during citywide protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
“We asked her to recount the whole story. I love my daughter deeply, I honor her. She only wants to do good in the world. She believes a lot of change is needed. I’m proud of her that she cares so much that she’s willing to go out there and do something about it,” said de Blasio.
“She was acting peacefully. She believes that everything she did was in the spirit of respectful protest… I’ll let her speak for herself, but I admire that she was out there trying to change something that she thought was unjust,” he added.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on daughter Chiara de Blasio: "I'm proud of her that she cares so much that she was willing to go out there and do something about it." pic.twitter.com/XO3D6T1zyF
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2020
Good thing she wasn’t committing the “crime” of attending a funeral – or else she’d be in real trouble!