It’s hard to imagine a mayor more despised than Bill de Blasio (although Mayor Jenny Durkan may be coming up on the outside a little in Seattle).
But he just added to it, big time, with the actions taken today.
The NYC Parks Department was spotted in Williamsburg was caught welding the doors shut of the Middletown Playground to prevent children from playing in the park.
NYC officials weld the gates of Middleton Playground shut to prevent children from having fun.pic.twitter.com/vPPAXzcXm9
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 15, 2020
This was following a protest the day before at another park in Brooklyn, demanding de Blasio “end the madness” and open up the parks and playgrounds.
This despite de Blasio allowing a massive rally for thousands of people for black trans lives just a few blocks away.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2020
Plus joining protests and having his mask off at various points.
Marching with @etcnyorg during today’s East Harlem Pray and Protest, I felt the urgency and pain of this moment — but also confidence that change will come because of the spirit of this movement and because in this city we affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. pic.twitter.com/XlgqzZ4pxt
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 14, 2020
His excuse from a few days ago for not opening up playgrounds?
Q. Why are big protests allowed but families can’t be on playgrounds?
A. “Out of an abundance of caution, the playgrounds just created too much of a risk to families of the spread of the disease.”
— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) June 11, 2020
Uh huh. It’s fine for him, it’s fine for thousands to pack into a small area, but it isn’t ok for kids to play outside, when kids are far less likely to contract it plus it’s very rare to catch it outdoors. Plus it’s actually helpful for kids to be able to get out and get some Vitamin D, which actually helps in the defense against the virus.
So is it more about the fact that folks dared to protest him?
Some thought it was just another part of what some think is de Blasio’s seeming continuing attack on the Jewish community.
VIDEO: As @NYCMayor marches with protesters and orders Contact Tracers not to ask people if they were at protests, the City is welding shut a park that is largely used by Hasidim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/HcAEo4jVA9
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 15, 2020
Madness. Children are largely invulnerable to Covid 19. But not to the health consequences of lockdowns. https://t.co/C9NxXDxldm
— Brit Hume (@brithume) June 15, 2020
Another escalation in De Blasio's ongoing war against Jewish children. The man is deranged https://t.co/y26VtAZYCo
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 15, 2020
maybe it's time for that federal civil rights investigation after all https://t.co/yzhguZnSkA
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 15, 2020
Meanwhile, over in the Jewish neighborhoods he is welding shut parks for kids. https://t.co/Ptlm0HijXu
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 15, 2020
Meanwhile, making it worse, some other parks are open in other areas, according to reports. The city denied that.
In April, he threatened the Jewish community with arrest after a big Orthodox Jewish funeral in the Williamsburg area. In May, he had the NYPD shut down a yeshiva class.
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.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
After the news about welding the park shut broke and a local assemblyman complained, they reversed the welding but the park is still closed, chained shut, as far as we know.
Meanwhile he’s telling the contacts tracing workers for the city not to even ask people if they went to a protest, so that will likely skew people being able to trace virus spread back to protests.
Can we say worst mayor ever?