When liberals begin to eat their own, it’s a sure sign that their ideology is causing upset stomachs. The latest example is New York Governor Cuomo’s spat with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. After yet another night of destructive rioting, looting and damages to New York City residences and businesses, Governor Cuomo was appalled. He made these outspoken observations:
“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. You have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people. Look at the videos, it was a disgrace.”
Gov. Cuomo also claimed that if Mayor de Blasio couldn’t get the job done, he’d be happy to deploy the New York National Guard and take over peacekeeping. “However,” he said, “I don’t think we’re at that point.”
President Trump disagreed. Days before Cuomo and de Blasio started blaming each other for their failures to protect the businesses and residents of New York, he’d called on state governors to get tough. Governor Cuomo couldn’t have missed the message here:
“New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all other forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard,” Trump tweeted. “NYC was ripped to pieces.”
Mayor de Blasio, even while the rioting continued, demanded an apology. As the city was being ripped apart by rioters, the feud showed no signs of abating. The governor, however, did apologize to the New York’s police force. It wasn’t their fault. They were taking their orders from a weak mayor, who has repeatedly taken a hardline on the men and women in the force—and a soft line on criminals.
Rudy Giuliani, whose administration cleaned up New York back in the day, observed, “The Mayor in NYC has lost control of the mob and of the city. The Mayor is preventing the NYPD to take the actions necessary to stop brutal attacks on police and citizens. He is even falsely accusing NYPD of taking excessive action when he has made them punching bags.”
In one incident during the rioting and chaos, a police officer drew his gun and pointed it at protestors. He was reacting defensively after his supervisor was struck in the back of the head and killed by a brick. De Blasio had a predictable reaction: “That to me, seeing that video was absolutely unacceptable. Now, I don’t know all the circumstances and we must know all the facts. There will be an immediate full investigation of that incident.” De Blasio didn’t wait long, he then demanded the officers firing, before he had seen the full clip.
Which begs the question, how can you say that the policeman’s drawing his gun is “unacceptable” before you “know the facts”? Isn’t that an indication of your soft-on-crime bias?
Finally, when asked by reporters if he intends to call in the National Guard for help, the mayor replied tepidly, “We do not need, nor do we think it is wise for the National Guard to be in New York City. Nor any armed forces. When outside armed forces go into communities no good comes of it.”
He apparently did not include Antifa terrorists in his description of “outside armed forces.” Also, he didn’t elaborate on what “good” outcomes might not result from quelling out of control rioters and looters who are destroying businesses and forcing officials to enact an ever earlier curfew, shutting down the city.
So, the liberal media is in a quandary here. Who are they going to support: a Democrat governor who supports law and order, or a Democrat mayor who can’t abide forcing thugs and rioters off the street?
Maybe when the lobby of the New York Times headquarters is trashed by rioters, someone will write an editorial asking why no police came to their assistance. All the while President Trump is laughing all the way to the ballot box, where his reelection seems all but assured with his tough responses to the violence.