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NYC Mayor de Blasio fines synagogue $15K for massive secret wedding, says house of worship will be closed down if there’s ‘any further illegal activity’

Remember the super-secret Jewish wedding in New York City that saw an estimated 7,000 maskless attendees standing shoulder to shoulder singing and dancing?

You know, the one that was pulled off earlier this month by organizers who operated by word of mouth only.

The one that really upset Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Well, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Monday night that City Hall is fining the synagogue for holding the event that violated state- and city-issued mask requirements and proscriptions on large gatherings, the New York Post reported.

Not only will the house of worship receive a fine, it also faces being forceably closed down if there are any further violations on the premises.

What happened?

Over the weekend, the Post reported on the secretly held Brooklyn wedding that occurred Nov. 8.

According to the Post, organizers surreptitiously pulled off the wedding that violated COVID-19 directives from the state and the city prohibiting such gatherings during the pandemic by putting nothing on paper and sending no invitations.

Thousands of guests “crammed shoulder to shoulder” into the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg, which has a capacity of 7,000 people, for the event, “stomping, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs without a mask in sight,” the Post said.

After the Post’s exposé, Gov. Cuomo blasted the event as “illegal” and “disrespectful” and demanded an investigation.

City Hall told the Post that the city was investigating the wedding.

Now, we have the fallout

De Blasio announced that the city will fine the synagogue $15,000.

“There appeared to be a real effort to conceal it, which is absolutely unacceptable,” de Blasio told NY1, the Post reported. “There will be a summons for $15,000 immediately for that site and there could be additional consequences quite soon as well.”

A reporter pressed Hizzoner on the effectiveness of the city’s enforcement efforts and the announced fine, the paper said.

De Blasio shot back that his administration’s ability to find flouters of COVID-19 mandates has “been very, very consistent,” but he added a caveat: “It’s a big city with more than 8 million people. It’s a huge geography to cover.”

He added that he felt the punishment the synagogue faces will definitely send a message — because it’s more than just a $15,000 fine. The house of worship also has received a cease and desist order, the mayor said.

That means that any violation will get the entire synagogue shuttered.

“But I think the cease and desist order is crucial here,” he said, according to the Post. “From this point on, if there’s any further illegal activity in that building, the building will be closed down. I think that’s a pretty clear deterrent.”

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Mayor de Blasio and wife tout new plan to send mental health workers instead of NYPD on some calls

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and his wife, first lady Chirlane McCray, have announced a new pilot program for parts of the Big Apple that will see mental health teams deployed in lieu of police officers in response to some emergency calls.

What are the details?

A news release sent out by the mayor’s office on Tuesday explained that “Mental Health Teams of Emergency Medical Services health professionals and mental health crisis workers will be dispatched through 911 to respond to mental health emergencies in two high-need communities.”

The news alert did not reveal which “high-need communities” would serve as the testing grounds for the initiative, but did explain that the “new Mental Health Teams will use their physical and mental health expertise, and experience in crisis response to de-escalate emergency situations, will help reduce the number of times police will need to respond to 911 mental health calls in these precincts.”

However, the mayor’s office noted, “In emergency situations involving a weapon or imminent risk of harm, the new Mental Health Teams will respond along with NYPD officers.”

“One in five New Yorkers struggle with a mental health condition. Now, more than ever, we must do everything we can to reach those people before crisis strikes,” de Blasio said in a statement. “For the first time in our city’s history, health responders will be the default responders for a person in crisis, making sure those struggling with mental illness receive the help they need.”

The New York Post reported that during a news conference on the project, de Blasio and McCray “revealed scant details” on the unnamed plan, and that “the pair also failed to reveal how much the project will cost or how many workers it will involve.”

What does the police union say?

Meanwhile, the union representing NYPD police officers slammed the mayor and first lady’s latest idea.

“Police officers know that we cannot single-handedly solve our city’s mental-health disaster, but this plan will not do that, either,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said in a statement. “It will undoubtedly put our already overtaxed EMS colleagues in dangerous situations without police support.”

Lynch argued, “We need a complete overhaul of the rest of our mental-health-care system so that we can help people before they are in crisis, rather than just picking up the pieces afterward.”

“On that front, the de Blasio administration has done nothing but waste time and money with ThriveNYC and similar programs,” he continued, referring to the highly criticized $850 million mental health initiative ran by McCray, which will operate the pilot program.

Lynch added, “We have no confidence that this long-delayed plan will produce any better results.”

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‘Trump 2020’: Mayor Bill de Blasio vows swift action against NYPD officer caught praising Trump

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising swift action against a New York City police officer who was caught on camera saying “Trump 2020.”

What are the details?

Multiple videos uploaded to social media showed a NYPD officer say “Trump 2020” over the loudspeaker in his patrol car while two additional NYPD officers conversed outside the vehicle.

The incident happened in Brooklyn Saturday night.

“Do it again. What? You can’t say ‘Trump 2020’ now, you f***ing p****?” the man behind the camera in the first video said. “Say it again.”

When the officer repeated the phrase, the cameraman responded, “Go f*** yourself you f***ing fascist.”

Another video uploaded to Twitter captured the incident from a different angle. The video, taken from the window of a nearby apartment, showed what happened after the first video ended.

“Trump 2020. Put it on YouTube, put it on Facebook. Trump 2020,” the NYPD officer said over the loudspeaker. “Take a picture, take a picture, take a video, put it on your Facebook, put it on YouTube. Have some fun.”

What was the reaction?

Enraged city leaders, including the mayor, are vowing action against the officer, and the NYPD said they are investigating the incident.

According to the New York Post, “NYPD strictly forbids officers from expressing political views or endorsing candidates.”

In response, de Blasio promised New York City residents that the city would take immediate action against the police officer.

“Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences. We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated,” de Blasio said.

Top NYPD brass also scolded the officer.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “One hundred percent unacceptable. Period. Law Enforcement must remain apolitical, it is essential in our role to serve ALL New Yorkers regardless of any political beliefs. It is essential for New Yorkers to trust their Police. Updates to follow after initial investigation.”

Chief of Department Terence Monahan added, “When you wear our uniform it is imperative to remain apolitical. Behavior like this will not be tolerated and will be dealt with.”

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Fauci Wants Everyone To “Sacrifice” By Refusing To Celebrate Thanksgiving

Authoritarian Dr. Anthony Fauci wants us to “sacrifice” and give up our traditions and time with family. He is urging Americans to give up Thanksgiving this year.

Tyrant Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City has already canceled the iconic and historic Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade in.  We are supposed to be giving up this time generally spend socializing with family and being grateful for everything so they can keep the fear going over this coronavirus scamdemic.

“Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year,” said Fauci. And he’s right, but only because people are still bowing to the commands of politicians and going along with tyranny.

Fauci said Dr. Deborah Birx has done a good job enslaving the masses too using fear. “She’s done an amazing job of traveling to different states trying to get a feel for what’s going on,” he told CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell. Fauci said Birx told him: ”Household transmission now is assuming a greater element of the transmissibility. Don’t assume that because you’re in your own home with your own family that you’re not going to spread infection.”

Did anyone catch that? Weren’t we supposed to be locked in our homes back in March to prevent the spread of this virus? Now they don’t even want us around our own family? This is getting so ridiculous, and it’s absolutely astonishing that a good number of humans haven’t figured out that this was all a lie from the beginning.

“People should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings,” Fauci said. “You may have to bite the bullet, and sacrifice social gatherings unless you’re pretty certain that the people you’re dealing with are not infected or have very recently tested, or they’re living a lifestyle in which they don’t have any interaction with anybody except you and your family.” Fauci and everyone else telling people how they will act and behave can piss off. If you aren’t sick of being dictated too, you will make a good slave for the New World Order.

To say “wake up” has become cliche. If you haven’t figured it out yet, you are probably doomed to a live of servitude in the New World Order where you do one thing for the rest of your life: comply. This isn’t about health.  This about manufacturing compliance with tyranny.

 

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NYC Begins Extortive Tyranny, PUNISHES People For COVID-19 “Violations”

If you disobey master Andrew Cuomo and comrade Bill de Blasio in New York City, you could be extorted for up to $150,000.  The tyrannical rollout is here, and it is coming soon to another city near you.

Brace yourself. This isn’t going to stop in New York, it is only being rolled out there first. Many of the over $150,000 worth of fines to be extorted will come from religious groups dare to worship and gather as they please, which is a basic fundamental human right.  The New York City government announced 62 summonses and over $150,000 in fines since Friday during pandemic-related closures and restrictions, the city said in a Sunday tweet.

The penalties, which were levied by “City agents in the Red, Orange and Yellow zones,” included five issued to religious congregations, reported CNN. They are trying to scare people into obedience.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the fines for mass gatherings in violation of state rules would be up to $15,000 a day, and the fines for not wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing could be $1,000 a day. –CNN

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Sadly, many are in support of this abject tyranny and want their fellow humans to be enslaved. But others are starting to stand up to governments.

This is a big experiment to see if people will comply with any edict and command of the politicians. Look no further than Australia to see our future unless people start to figure this out.

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The fines come amid a new COVID crackdown targeting clusters that have contributed to a doubling of hospitalizations statewide in just a month. Statewide, 878 people were hospitalized as of Monday, the highest total since July 1.

New York C -ity sheriffs deputies cited five religious institutions in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn for violating the city health code by holding a gathering of more than 10 people. Each violation carries a $15,000 fine. –NBC New York

Stay alert and prepared. This is ramping up again.

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New York Governor DEMANDS Compliance With His Totalitarian Rules

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the state will enact “aggressive enforcement” of COVID-19 protocols.  Cuomo has descended into a full-blown dictator and says he will close non-compliant businesses and schools.

Beginning this week, New Yorkers will be subjected to a police state and dictatorship never before thought possible in the “land of the free.” Queens, Brooklyn, Orange, and Rockland counties have all seen recent increases in positive coronavirus cases, which means politicians are taking new draconian measures against the people to maintain their grip on power.  These areas will be the target of direct enforcement,” ensuring businesses and citizens are abiding by mask mandates, social distancing orders, and other regulations in place in the state, according to a report by RT. 

“Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes. [New York State] will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday after a conference call with members of the press. “As we saw with bars and restaurants when the state initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased.”

As far as looting and rioting go, those will likely be left to destroy whatever they want.  But police will be aggressively enforcing the draconian COVID-19 rules shoved down the throats of the public. This is a sad dystopian nightmare for the people of New York.

The boot is on the neck of New York business owners, and those who survive this horrific tyranny will be the few fortunate ones. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also announced on Sunday he is seeking the governor’s approval to shut down schools and non-essential businesses in nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods where there has been an increase in positive cases. 

“We’re having an extraordinary problem – something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ the mayor told reporters of the uptick in positive cases.

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‘F*** Cuomo and de Blasio’: Brooklyn street painting takes aim at NY Democratic leaders, city quickly responds

Apparently, New Yorkers are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats.

Over the weekend, the message “F*** CUOMO AND DE BLASIO” was painted in large, yellow block letters on a Brooklyn street.

According to the New York Post, the message, which appeared in similar style to the “Black Lives Matter” street murals that have appeared across the country, was painted early Saturday morning as a party, dubbed a “small business owner protest,” wound down.

“A few partygoers got the idea to paint in huge [letters, using] yellow paint with rollers on North 15th, ‘F*** Cuomo and de Blasio,'” one party attendee told the news outlet.

“The party continued. Everyone took photos,” the attendee added. “It was a big hit. The crowds cheered, even the cops chuckled.”

Unfortunately, not everyone was thrilled. Within 24 hours of the message appearing, city officials painted over the free speech expression.

More from the Post:

Bucking widely held notions about municipal inefficiency, workers from the city Department of Transportation descended on the display less than 24 hours later — around 10 p.m. Saturday — to cover up the message with black, according to the attendee.

“They told the partygoers it came from up top and they were told the sign said ‘F–k the police,'” the attendee said, though it was unclear whether the workers meant that the order came from top DOT officials or City Hall.

The exact grievances against Cuomo and de Blasio were not made clear.

However, both Democratic leaders have earned fierce criticism over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

On one hand, Cuomo signed an executive order forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients, which triggered a tsunami of COVID deaths among nursing home residents. Cuomo has refused to accept responsibility or accountability for the deaths.

On the other hand, de Blasio has been slow to rescind strict COVID-related lockdown measures despite New York City, once the global epicenter of the pandemic, having very few cases.

In fact, just last week, de Blasio once again delayed the reopening of public schools in the Big Apple.

Meanwhile, restaurants in the city still cannot serve diners indoors.

For weeks, restaurants have been forced to offer dining in the street. Fortunately for New Yorkers, indoor dining is slated to resume on Sept. 30, although with just 25% capacity.

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NYC Mayor Comrade De Blasio Shuts Down Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York City mayor and known communist, Bill de Blasio has already shut down the city’s infamous Thanksgiving Day Parade all because of the scamdemic. With more than two months until Thanksgiving day, de Blasio somehow already knows the COVID-19 hoax will somehow play a role.

Luckily, de Blasio is being mercilessly mocked on social media for his heavy-handed tyrannical decision. De Blasio’s attempt to “reinvent” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an American tradition, was met will all kinds of disdain. The parade will be “reinvented” and held virtually this year due to safety concerns around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic hoax. “It will not be the same parade we are used to,” De Blasio said at a press conference on Monday, according to a report by RT. “It will be a different kind of event. [Macy’s is] reinventing the event for this moment in history.”

The mayor attempted to downplay the scale of these changes by reminding citizens that the fourth of July fireworks show was also greatly scaled back. Don’t be surprised is these tyrants pull off another lockdown banning people from being with family during the holidays.  Because of his willingness to exert control over everything and every person, the public is hitting back.

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Many view de Blasio’s decision as an “ongoing culture war” between the left and the right, and accused him of wanting to cancel Christmas, and I’d be lying if I said that that is beneath even this comrade.

This is just one more example of the total control these people want over everyone’s life. They are cancelling whatever they can and most Americans are still not speaking out against this. If we continue to let this drag on, we will all be slaves injected and subservient to the New World Order and the ruling classes of the planet.

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Democratic rep takes down NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in just 6 seconds — ‘that’s it guys … that’s the whole ad’

It took just six seconds for Democratic Rep. Max Rose (N.Y) to drive his point home in a new ad attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Rose, who represents New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, used only the few words necessary to characterize his feelings about the mayor.

‘The worst mayor’

“Bill de Blasio is the worst Mayor in the history of New York City,” he bluntly states before lifting his arms and staring blankly at the camera. “That’s it, guys. Seriously, that’s the whole ad.”

According to the New York Post, Rose’s campaign made the same accusation in a separate ad that ran for only six seconds total.

The outlet also noted the reasoning behind the ad may be that Rose is locked in a tight reelection battle against Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis at the moment.

Slamming de Blasio could bolster support for Rose in a district where the mayor is unpopular, though it’s worth noting that Rose was critical of de Blasio prior to running the ad. He took shots at the mayor during his first run for Congress in 2018 when he ousted Republican incumbent Dan Donovan.

Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman, ran against de Blasio in the mayoral race in 2017, and while she lost to de Blasio citywide, she handily defeated him in Staten Island.

Others share the sentiment

The Daily Caller, in its report on the news, noticed that Rose was far from the only American who thinks de Blasio is the “worst mayor.”

Here are just a couple tweets demonstrating as much:

De Blasio’s reputation has fallen to new lows in recent months due to disapproval over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests in the city.

A local report recently found that only 1 in 10 political insiders approved of the job that de Blasio was doing as mayor.

Thankfully for his critics, the mayor’s second and final term will be up in 2021.

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New York exempts celebrities from forced mandatory quarantine — which normal people could be jailed for violating

Millions of New Yorkers continue to live and operate under strict coronavirus-related restrictions enacted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

But apparently famous musicians don’t have to follow the same rules.

What is the background?

On Friday, for example, de Blasio said there is “no plan” as to when he will allow residents in the Big Apple to enjoy indoor restaurant dining.

“There’s not a context for indoor dining. We’re never saying it’s impossible. But we do not, based on what we’re seeing around the world, we do not have a plan for reopening indoor dining in the near term,” he said, the New York Post reported.

Meanwhile, Cuomo has imposed a strict 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors traveling from 31 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Those who violate the quarantine are subject to a $10,000 fine and 15 days in jail, according to the Post.

That requirement, however, will not apply to celebrities traveling to New York City for the Video Music Awards later this week.

Why are celebrities exempt?

According to the Post, the VMAs received an exception from the state Department of Health:

They can “participate in the production of the show,” a spokeswoman for Cuomo said, “but they will only interact with other members of the cast and crew and will quarantine when not working.” To receive the exemption, the VMAs agreed to police itself with “rigorous safety protocols including testing and screening and compliance checks by a special compliance officer.”

“The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Citywide Events is working in close coordination with the production to ensure guidelines are being followed,” a spokesperson for de Blasio said.

An NYPD unit will reportedly conduct “compliance checks.”

This year’s VMAs will be held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn; it will take place with limited to no audience. It is one of the first major events to take place in New York City since the city largely shut down back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande are scheduled to perform.

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NYC Mayor de Blasio responds to criticism over wife’s $2M, 14-person staff amid budget woes

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) held a press conference Wednesday where he explained how he justifies having taxpayers foot the bill for the staff of his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, following a report that she has a 14-person team that costs the city $2 million annually.

What are the details?

Earlier this week, New York City publication The City reported that McCray—who is not a city employee—has been building up her team at City Hall under the radar as she considers a potential run for Brooklyn borough president. As De Blasio threatens to cut 22,000 jobs due to revenue loss amid COVID-19, the outlet says, McCray has nearly doubled her staff.

McCray’s new hires reportedly include $150,000-a-year senior adviser who was brought on in April following an announced hiring freeze, and a $70,000 videographer who was signed on in February. According to The City, the videographer’s “work for McCray includes a ‘Baking with the First Lady’ clip that was posted during the height of the pandemic in early April.”

Following backlash over the news of his wife’s costly payroll, de Blasio told the press that critics do not “take into account the work that’s being done,” explaining, “This work is about the needs of the people of this city especially in crisis.” He cited his wife’s work on mental health and pointed to the effectiveness of her coronavirus racial inequality task force.

The New York Post reported that “De Blasio made the comments despite his insistence that there’s not enough money in city coffers to maintain parks or pick up trash.”

McCray has come under fire for big spending and a lack of transparency in the past. Last year, Politico reported that the first lady’s $850 million mental health initiative, Thrive NYC, “has operated without much scrutiny or accountability,” pointing to budget discrepancies in the hundreds of millions since its inception in 2015.

In response to McCray’s purported staffing needs, Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich told The Post, “Whatever happened to the money from Thrive NYC? How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other city workers are facing layoffs this fall? This is a disgrace!”

But de Blasio insists that his wife’s aides will be vulnerable to layoffs just like the other 22,000 city workers whose jobs are threatened if the state or federal government does not provide a multibillion dollar bail out to The Big Apple as the mayor has requested.

Without such funds, de Blasio said, “Unquestionably there will be layoffs at City Hall. There’s no question about it for my staff, her staff, everyone.”

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De Blasio ‘brushes off’ NYC bakery manager who tells him, ‘We’re all hurting’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was stopped by a bakery manager while walking through Chinatown on Wednesday, and video of the exchange indicates the mayor was anxious to leave the conversation over what he called “a difference of opinion.”

The worker explained that lockdowns amid COVID-19 have killed businesses, saying “We’re all hurting,” and arguing that people need “confidence.”

What are the details?

Footage of the conversation was posted online by New York Post reporter Elizabeth Meryl Rosner, and shows the manager—later identified as Patrick Mock —telling de Blasio, “We’ve been taking a hit since January. We lost our Chinese New Year, our busiest day of the year of our community. The most festive holiday that we have.”

“Then COVID happened,” he continued. “Now, we’re all hurting so bad. What we need is people’s confidence.”

Someone off camera pushed back against the manager’s claims, and de Blasio turned to walk away while telling Mock, “It’s just a difference of opinion, that’s the bottom line.”

“We need help, we need more confidence,” Mock pressed, as de Blasio turned his back, saying, “That’s very unfortunate.”

According to Meryl Rosner, Mock told her after the exchange, “[de Blasio] brushed me off.” He added that the mayor “was only in Chinatown today for a ‘a photo op mission.'”

A Twitter user identifying herself as a special education teacher in New York City reacted to the exchange, saying, “This is Patrick Mock of 46 Mott who gave out free meals to Chinatown residents from end of March to mid-June to make sure Chinatown was okay. @NYCMayor you turning your back on our Chinatown and to Patrick is not okay.”

Chinatown isn’t the only part of New York City where businesses are hurting from the dramatic loss of foot traffic brought on by the strict coronavirus lockdowns. The New York Times reported Tuesday that retailers and restaurants are fleeing Manhattan, saying the high cost of doing business in the city along with a drastic drop in crowds makes staying there “unsustainable.”

Tourism has also come to a screeching halt in The Big Apple, contributing further to the loss of sales. But most of the people who do make the trek to the city are not allowed to roam: De Blasio has set up checkpoints at entrances to screen for visitors to enforce the 14-day quarantine required of anyone coming from 35 states considered COVID hotspots according to directives by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

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New York City Police Use Pandemic To Create COVID-19 Checkpoints

This article was originally published by Mass Private I at Activist Post. 

A recent article in The New York Post revealed how the NYPD used the pandemic to justify creating COVID-19 checkpoints.

New York officials have stopped 353 cars at entrances to the Big Apple to warn travelers of the mandatory two-week quarantine rule. The stops were made from Wednesday through Friday at bridges and tunnels, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.

Police are using the pandemic as an excuse to circumvent the Fourth Amendment by asking a vehicle’s occupants to answer questions like have they spent more than 24 hours during the previous 14 days in any state on New York’s restricted list?

The city has the audacity to claim that these stops are “quick and educational.” There is nothing quick and educational about being stopped and questioned by government officials.

Is there anything educational about fining people $10,000 dollars?

Travelers who violate the quarantine rule could face up to $10,000 in fines. There are currently 35 states plus Puerto Rico on the list.

Earlier this year, The Orlando Sentinel called COVID-19 checkpoints security theater and worried about the cost to taxpayers. COVID-19 checkpoints have also been set up in Rhode IslandNorth CarolinaColoradoMississippiLouisiana, and Texas.

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A WKZO article shows U.S. military personnel conducting a COVID-19 checkpoint at Penn Station.

A few dozen travelers got off a train from Miami at New York City’s Penn Station on Thursday and were greeted by a team of public health workers and mayoral office staff who handed them informational fliers about the state’s new COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Government officials use COVID-19 as an excuse to question and interrogate visitors.

The team, comprised of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s public engagement unit and the city’s COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, were running a checkpoint starting at Penn Station on Thursday to ensure that visitors from any of the 35 states on New York’s travel advisory were aware of the 14-day quarantine mandate.

Imagine getting off a train or bus in New York City and being forced to go through a government checkpoint. This is America, you say? I can refuse to answer their questions, right?

People who refuse to answer their questions could be fined anywhere from $2,000-$10,000.

A spokeswoman for City Hall said refusing to fill out the quarantine form could subject travelers from designated states to a $2000 fine, and violations of the quarantine orders could result in a $10,000 fine.

Three years ago, I revealed that police have created thirty-three different types of checkpoints. But this latest ploy; using a pandemic as an excuse to create another police checkpoint, is inexcusable.

COVID-19 checkpoints make a mockery of police reform and trample our Bill of Rights. It is only a matter of time before COVID-19 checkpoints spread across the country.

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Mayor de Blasio threatens laying off 22K NYC workers if the federal gov’t doesn’t bail him out — it’s ‘painfully real’

Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is doubling down on his warning that the city will need to cut 22,000 workers on Oct. 1 unless the federal government bails it out.

The embattled mayor told reporters Wednesday that the massive number of impending layoffs is “painfully real.”

“The overwhelming cost of local government is personnel. Where we put our money is into the people who provide services to New Yorkers, whether they’re first responders, health care workers, sanitation workers, educators, you name it,” de Blasio said, according to Politico.

“If you’re going to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to at some point reach personnel. It’s just pure logic of budgets, and it’s very sad logic. I don’t like it one bit, and I want to avert this at all costs. So that 22,000 number is painfully real,” he continued.

The mayor first voiced the warning last month and has been repeating it again and again since then.

Last week, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was “very worried” about the stimulus talks in Washington, D.C., and that all sorts of public services in the city were on the line “if we do not get federal support soon.”

The mayor has been hoping for a multibillion dollar bailout package to come in from the federal government after the city has been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. But he acknowledged that such an action “appears to be dead now” as stimulus package talks stalled on Capitol Hill.

According to Politico, de Blasio also unsuccessfully petitioned for state money to pay the city’s expenses. Now the mayor has ordered agencies to come up with a list of employees to be considered for budget cuts.

Though de Blasio is doing his best to lay blame for the cuts on the federal government, many have pointed to his fiscal mismanagement as being ultimately responsible.

President Trump, for his part, has signaled opposition to federal bailouts of Democratic states and cities, saying to use taxpayer money to do so would be unfair to many Americans.

“You look at Illinois, you look at New York, look at California, you know, those three, there’s tremendous debt there, and many others,” the president remarked in an interview with the New York Post.

“It’s not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help — they’re run by Democrats in every case,” he also said. “Florida is doing phenomenal, Texas is doing phenomenal, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic — very little debt.”

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Pro-cop groups sue de Blasio for blocking ‘Blue Lives Matter’ mural while commissioning BLM murals across NYC

Two pro-police organizations are suing Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for blocking them from painting a “Blue Lives Matter” mural outside the NYC police department last month while at the same time commissioning the painting of “Black Lives Matter” murals across the city.

The groups, Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing Up for NYC, filed the lawsuit late Monday night, the New York Post reported.

In the suit, they accuse de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg of violating their First Amendment rights by allowing “city property to be used by private speakers” but refusing to allow a similar message to be constructed in support of police.

In July, the groups sent a letter to the mayor requesting the his permission to paint the mural, which they said was intended to “raise awareness regarding preventable murders of those who swore an oath to serve and protect their communities” and “honor the lives and memory of public servants whose heroic lives ended too soon.”

But de Blasio refused to grant them permission.

In a press briefing in late July, the mayor defended his decision to allow Black Lives Matter murals while rejecting others, arguing that the BLM movement “transcends any notion of politics” and is a “seismic moment in this country’s history.”

“This is about something much bigger than any one group,” he added.

In the lawsuit, the two pro-cop groups took umbrage at that perspective.

“The ‘Black Lives Matter’ message is highly political and is generally understood by the public to be and support a general anti-police message, include some extreme measures as defunding the police and ending police activity,” it reads.

Sgt. Joe Imperatrice, the founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told the Post that he simply wanted “to be granted the same privilege to bring to light a cause that we so believe in would change the trajectory of equality for all those with the same interest.”

Tatiana Davidoff, co-founder of Standing Up for NYC, added: “This mural is the smallest thing we could do to show our respect for them during these controversial times.”

Last month, in expectation of the mayor’s rejection, the two groups reportedly hired a constitutional lawyer to represent them.

Speaking with Advance/SILive.com, Davidoff questioned: “Once we start painting things on the street, who is there to decide whose life is more important as far as the message goes?”

Her fellow co-founder, Jason Cohen, said: “Once you open up the flood gates and you paint any life matters or whatever on a public street, you are giving other groups the constitutional freedom … to paint whatever they want because you can’t take sides and this mayor is taking sides. It’s hypocrisy.”

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NYC Mayor de Blasio sets up COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints at city’s bridges and tunnels, threatens violators with $10,000 fines

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be seriously cracking down on anyone coming from the nearly three dozen states that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has placed on a must-quarantine list.

The mayor’s crackdown includes randomized checks at bridges and tunnels into the city as well as fines of up to $10,000 for failing to follow quarantine orders.

What’s he doing?

The mayor declared during a press briefing Wednesday that New York would be immediately instituting a number of checkpoints at major city entry points, WINS-AM reported. The goal is to make sure that people traveling into the city from Cuomo’s travel advisory list understand that they must quarantine themselves for 14 days.

Cuomo’s list includes 34 states — Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin — and Puerto Rico.

“Starting today, we’re going to do something new in New York City: We will have checkpoints at key entry points to the city,” de Blasio announced.

“Travelers coming in from those [travel advisory] states will be given information about the quarantine,” he continued. “They will be reminded that it is required, not optional. They will be reminded that failure to quarantine is a violation of state law, and it comes with serious penalties. In fact, under certain circumstances, the fines can be as high as $10,000.”

“So this is serious stuff,” de Blasio added, “and it’s time for everyone to realize it.”


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The checkpoints, which will be “varying daily,” according to a slide show running during de Blasio’s announcement, will be run by the New York City Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Joseph Fucito stated that the goal is not to “target out-of-state residents” but to “educate people who have spent time at COVID-19 hot spots, regardless of their residence when they come to New York,” WINS said.

He highlighted the importance of having the checkpoint practices randomized, saying, “The only way to have an effective checkpoint is having a random component to it,” and noting that deputies would use license plate readers to count vehicles to stop at random, according to WINS.

This new quarantine enforcement tactic is in addition to the state’s Traveler Health Form out-of-state air travelers are required to fill out before leaving a New York airport. Travelers who fail to fill out the form before leaving the airport are subject to a $2,000 fine and can be ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. Travelers coming into the city from designated states via trains, cars, or other forms of transportation are required to fill out the form online.

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New York City health commissioner resigns, ripping Mayor Bill de Blasio on the way out

New York City health commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned Tuesday, criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of COVID-19 and expressing her disappointment that the health department’s expertise wasn’t better utilized, Fox News reported.

Barbot had clashed with de Blasio and the NYPD in recent months as the city struggled to endure the impact of the pandemic. She will be replaced by Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, a former senior leader at Health and Hospitals.

“I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been,” Barbot wrote in her resignation letter. “Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background.”

De Blasio took the responsibility for contact tracing away from the health department in May, and gave it to the public hospital system instead — despite the fact that the health department has been responsible for such efforts for decades.

Barbot got into a high-profile clash with the NYPD when the police department requested 500,000 N95 face masks for officers. At the time, masks were in short supply, and Barbot allegedly told a senior police official “I don’t give two rats’ asses about your cops.”

At least 43 NYPD officers have died of COVID-19, and nearly 6,000 have contracted the virus at some point.

De Blasio has handled COVID-19 poorly. In early February, the mayor incorrectly stated publicly that people could not get COVID-19 from surfaces. Barbot, at that time, publicly agreed with de Blasio that “this is not something that you’re going to contract in the subway or on the bus.”

That advice was likely disastrous for New York City as passengers continued to pack themselves into crowded public transportation vehicles throughout the pandemic, and the subway system wasn’t shut down to be cleaned until May.

In mid-March, right before most of the nation essentially shut down because of COVID-19, de Blasio encouraged people to continue going to restaurants and go about life normally as long as they aren’t sick.

De Blasio would go on to target religious gatherings, particularly Jewish gatherings, for violating social distancing, and the NYPD earned national attention for seemingly selective and aggressive arrests of people who were out and about under the shelter-in-place order.

Nearly 24,000 NYC residents have reportedly died from COVID-19.

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De Blasio reveals he skipped the city permit process for BLM murals — but he’s still forcing pro-cop, pro-Trump groups to get permits

Americans have seen Black Lives Matter murals pop up in cities all across the country — they’re painted on streets, buildings, placards, you name it. New York City has seen them on the streets around all five boroughs.

Interestingly, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted this week that he decided the BLM murals would not have to go through the normal permitting process. But he is still forcing pro-police and pro-Trump groups go through the bureaucracy to get the government’s OK to put out their political messages in the same format, the New York Post first reported.

What’s going on?

The city has come under fire for allegedly blocking groups the mayor disagrees with politically from creating murals in the same fashion as the BLM movement.

The conservative, pro-Trump Women for America First is suing de Blasio and the city Department of Transportation for allowing a BLM mural to be painted in front of Trump Tower but ignoring and essentially blocking their group from exercising the same form of expression, the Post reported late last month.

In the wake of the lawsuit, the mayor has faced repeated questions about an apparent double standard.

On Monday, de Blasio revealed that the city did, in fact, ignore its own application process for public art projects in order to allow Black Lives Matter to paint murals around the city while still forcing groups like Women for America and the pro-cop organization Blue Lives Matter to wade through the government process of getting a permit for a public mural.

He began by claiming that the city has not said “no” to anyone. Instead, he said the groups have been told, “If you want to apply, you can apply, but there’s a process.”

But then he revealed that the rules do not apply to organizations and groups that are part of a movement that he believes “transcends all normal realities.” The statement was reminiscent of his claim in July defending putting Black Lives Matter murals on the streets in each of the boroughs because BLM “transcends any notion of politics” — including on the street in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, which de Blasio helped paint.

“The fact is,” de Blasio attempted to explain Monday, “what I decided to do with the Black Lives Matter murals — and this came out of a meeting at Gracie Mansion weeks ago with community leaders and activists who said this would be such an important thing for this city to declare officially — that is something that again transcends all normal realities because we are at a moment of history when that had to be said and done, that’s a decision I made.”

So, any chance any other group will get the special treatment Black Lives Matter received?

Not according to Hizzoner: “The normal process continues for anyone who wants to apply.”

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AOC, Chris Hayes screech over video of cops wrestling person into unmarked van — but it was an official NYPD operation

Life apparently came to an end Tuesday when an individual was tackled to a New York City street and pulled into an unmarked van as NYPD officers appeared and kept outraged protesters away from the scene.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called it a “kidnapping”:

Outspoken Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was wringing her hands about it, too, tweeting that “our civil liberties are on the brink,” and that it’s “our responsibility to resist authoritarianism”:

What actually went down?

Thing is, the individual was taken into custody for allegedly damaging police cameras during five separate incidents in and around City Hall Park, NYPD officials
told WPIX-TV. Police told the station that arresting officers were assaulted with rocks and bottles, too.

Police charged Nicholas Stone with criminal mischief, WPIX said, but friends said the 18-year-old — a transgender woman — goes by Nikki. Cops added to the station that Stone was released with a desk appearance ticket.


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As it happens, NBC News correspondent Tom Winter — whose specialty is police and counter-terrorism — gave colleague Hayes a bit of a wake-up call regarding the street scoop:

“It could also be undercover detectives from a warrant squad making an arrest with probable cause for someone wanted for 5 specific crimes wearing visible weapons and vests in a car immediately surrounded by uniformed police officers with NYPD written on the back,” Winter wrote.

And Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted video Wednesday morning purportedly showing the suspect damaging NYPD cameras on at least three separate occasions, WPIX said.

“The #NYPD welcomes peaceful protests,” Harrison tweeted. “However, damage to NYPD technology that helps keep this city safe will never be tolerated. These cameras are vital resources which help prevent and solve crimes throughout the city.”

Ed Morrissey of
HotAir offered the following take:

The tactics used in making this arrest are not all that unusual — and to the extent they are, those are forced on the NYPD in the circumstances of the unrest. People with warrants out who aren’t inclined to turn themselves in watch for uniformed police to avoid arrest. Some police departments use warrant squads in plainclothes and unmarked cars in order to execute warrants more successfully. They go to residences, places of work, and at times to places where suspects are known to hang out in order to serve the warrants and arrest the suspects.

The fact that this woman was apparently known to be in protest crowds required a different set of tactics. To keep the officers safe, they had to arrest her quickly and get her into the vehicle before other protesters could assault them. To walk up and announce themselves and try to make an arrest would invite mob action and prevent the arrest — and in this case, mob action nearly succeeded anyway. That is why they had uniformed backup, and that turned out to be a very wise choice.

Still, WPIX said critics compared it to arrests in Portland, where federal agents were caught on video putting demonstrators in unmarked vehicles and driving off.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told the station that no federal agents were involved, but that it was “the wrong time and the wrong place to effectuate that arrest.”

“I’ll talk to the commissioner more about this today, but I think there’s a better way to get that done,” he added, according to WPIX.


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Anti-de Blasio artist hangs banner over highway during rush hour showing NYC mayor hoisting Lady Liberty’s bloody severed head

No one will ever confuse Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido for a Bill de Blasio fan — especially not after Tuesday’s events.

LoBaido made his thoughts on the New York City mayor quite clear with a banner he revealed during the afternoon rush hour.

What was on the banner?

The artist’s banner depicted Hizzoner smiling while wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt and hoisting the bloody severed head of Lady Liberty.

He first unfurled the artwork publicly over the busy Staten Island Expressway hoping to “fire up the masses,” the New York Post reported.


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LoBaido told the paper that he is none too thrilled with what Mayor de Blasio is doing to Gotham.

Noting the image of the head of the Statue of Liberty dripping blood, LoBaido told the Post, “It’s what he’s doing to New York, he’s severing the head of the greatest city on earth.”

He said the reason he finally decided to put paint to fabric was because of de Blasio’s oft-criticized lame response to the violent Black Lives Matter protests and riots in New York City combined with his ongoing spat with and perceived mistreatment of the New York Police Department.

According to LoBaido, the mayor’s policies and ongoing disrespect for cops, first responders, and average New Yorkers have make the Big Apple a “s**thole.”

“New York has turned into a s**thole because of this guy,” he said, according to the Post. “He hates the true New Yorkers: police officers, firefighters … people who built this city.”

Cops told LoBaido to take the banner down an hour or two after it was hung, the artist said, adding that he plans to hang the image in various places around the city down the road.

The banner wasn’t LoBaido’s only form of visual protest against de Blasio’s actions. On Monday, he painted a blue line in front of Staten Island’s 122nd Precinct in support of police, the Post said.

“That thin blue line separates anarchy from civilization,” the artist told the paper.

Shortly after the pro-cop image was finished, someone defaced it with Black Lives Matter graffiti, according to the Post.

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Mayor de Blasio says NYC is ‘safer’ and ‘better’ since releasing inmates, ignores skyrocketing crime rate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) held a news conference to brag about reaching a monumentally low level of prisoners in the city’s jails on Thursday, after releasing inmates over concerns about spreading COVID-19.

But the mayor failed to mention the terrifying statistics — and stories — that have been released since he made the decision to release criminals into the streets before their sentences were served.

What are the details?

During the fanfare of his news conference, de Blasio declared, “We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since [World War II], and we are safer and better for it.”

One America News Network reporter Jack Posobiec shared the clip on Twitter and noted, “shootings up 130% in NYC.”

Posobiec did not cite his source or the time frame, but the numbers might be even worse than that. According to the Washington Examiner, as of Wednesday, “Shootings in New York City are up 277% for the week compared to numbers from 2019.”

Regardless, the stories of horrific crime coming out of the Big Apple in recent days bolster the views of de Blasio’s critics.

One Twitter user replied to Posobiec’s post, “Ask the parents of that 1 year old who was shot in his stroller.”

She was referring to Davell Gardner Jr., a toddler who was killed over the weekend when two men opened fire at a barbecue in Brooklyn and a bullet struck the child in the stomach.

On Thursday, the NYPD release video in hopes of catching the man who attacked a woman from behind on a New York City sidewalk, choking her and stabbing her multiple times as she was pushing her baby in a stroller.

What about the inmates?

Back in April, de Blasio acknowledged a spike in crime and expressed dismay that inmates released due to the coronavirus fears were committing new crimes upon their release.

The mayor said at the time, “I think it’s unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy and this is what some of them have done.”

He added:

We do see recidivism. I have not seen a huge amount, but any amount is obviously troubling. We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible. And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.

Also on Thursday, de Blasio announced that he has “no respect for the leadership” of the Sergeants Benevolent Association — the union that represents NYPD officers, the New York Post reported.

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NYC students who can’t go to schools due to COVID-19 closures can go to day care at taxpayer-funded ‘community centers’

New York City schools will only be partially opened in the fall, with many students participating in a hybrid learning program in which they’re only in school two or three days out of the week, and learning remotely on other days.

To compensate for this and ease the burden on parents, Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to create a publicly funded child care program for students of all ages where they can have a place to go and learn during the day, when the city is preventing them from going to school.

This day care program will have students meeting at community centers, libraries and cultural organizations, as well as other available spaces. The program will provide a “learning lab” environment that is tailored to kids’ specific ages. There will be tutoring and field trips.

Some observers noted that this replacement for school sounds an awful lot like school.

De Blasio said the purpose of the program, which at the moment is planning to serve about 100,000 children, is to put kids in an environment where they can safely social distance, which he said is not possible in a normal school setting.

De Blasio last week called school reopenings “the single biggest part of restarting our city.” However, most schools are not able to bring students back while also maintaining safe social distance, he added.

“When you think about social distancing, you need more space,” de Blasio said. “You’re going to have fewer kids in a classroom, fewer kids in the school building.”

Parents will also have the option for their students to remain remote full time.

Available data shows that children are at an extremely low risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and are even less likely to die from it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children make up 22% of the United States population, and only 5% of the total COVID-19 cases (1.7% age 0-9, 3.8% age 10-19).

Those children who do get infected “handle this infection very well, for the most part, with most having mild or absent symptoms. This is true for both younger children and teens,” according to Dr. Megan Freeman, pediatric infectious disease fellow at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

According to The Washington Post, countries in Europe and Asia have reopened their schools without seeing a significant spike in COVID-19 cases. State and local leaders across the U.S. are grappling with the decision of when and how to reopen schools, with many stakeholders, particularly teachers and their unions, expressing hesitation or opposition to reopening.

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NYC Mayor de Blasio says he’s banning all large gatherings to stop coronavirus — except for BLM protests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that he’s banning all large public gatherings to stop the spread of coronavirus, except for Black Lives Matter protests.

De Blasio made the curious comments while appearing on CNN with Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

“It means things like parades, you know things that here in the city could mean not just thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people,” said de Blasio of his ban. “It’s just not time for that now.”

“What about protests? If people want to march down Fifth Avenue, are they gonna be allowed to do so?” asked Blitzer.

“Look, Wolf, this is always an area of real sensitivity. If you’re just talking about health, we would always say hey folks you know stay home if you can,” responded de Blasio.

“But we understand this moment in history people are talking about the need for historic changes,” he added.

“I mean today, in New York City, you know, recognizing the power and the meaning of the message Black Lives Matter, which we did in front of Trump Tower today, this is a historic moment of change,” de Blasio continued, “we have to respect that, but also say to people, the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the the parades, the fairs, we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now.”

The mayor was referring to his joining activists in trolling President Donald Trump by painting a large Black Lives Matter mural on the street in front of the Trump International Hotel.

De Blasio has been excoriated by his critics and even some on the left for his mishandling of the coronavirus response in New York City.

Here’s the video of de Blasio’s comments:

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Bill de Blasio: Mass protests and religious gatherings are like ‘apples and oranges’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) recently defended his decision to support mass protests while limiting religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic — a move that a federal judge recently shot down — arguing the two are like “apples and oranges.”

What are the details?

“The protests were an entirely different reality, a national phenomenon that was not something that the government could just say, go away,” the mayor argued during an interview on CNN. As for religious gatherings, “it’s really apples and oranges,” he said.

He then claimed that New York’s religious leaders were “the first to say it was not time to bring back services” to justify his point.

The mayor’s line of defense raises the question: Has he ever read the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

It goes as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (emphases mine)

Evidently, the Framers believed the right to protest and the right to exercise religion were closely related enough to warrant shared space in the Bill of Rights.

The “apples and oranges” comparison doesn’t quite seem to fit.

What’s the background?

Last week, a federal judge ruled that de Blasio, along with Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his attorney general, were wrong to limit religious gatherings during the pandemic while at the same time supporting protests against racial injustice.

U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe then issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the New York leaders from ordering arbitrary limits on religious gatherings, saying that to do so while supporting protests amounts to “preferential treatment.”

Under New York’s reopening plan, churches and synagogues were confined to 25% occupancy, while “nonessential” businesses were granted 50% occupancy and “essential” businesses 100% occupancy.

Then, as protests erupted following the death of George Floyd, Cuomo and de Blasio publicly announced their support.

“Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio could have just as easily discouraged protests, short of condemning their message, in the name of public health and exercised discretion to suspend enforcement for public safety reasons instead of encouraging what they knew was a flagrant disregard of the outdoor limits and social distancing rules,” Sharpe wrote in the ruling. “They could have also been silent. But by acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment.”

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