Well, Bill de Blasio, you certainly showed us Jews, didn’t you, on Tuesday night? Yep, you called us out, all 1.2 million of us New York City Jews, and I really hope you enjoyed it. Because I know it’s not fun being mayor right now.
There’s a pandemic, and no one is praising you for your leadership.
You humiliated yourself with your ludicrous run for president last year, and every time you open your mouth now, Andrew Cuomo runs over and drops a stick of dynamite in it to remind you who’s boss.
Ah, the frustration!
So, as has been true with moral ciphers from time immemorial, you decided to seek your jollies by attacking Jews.
There’s no way to read your tweet from Tuesday night in an exculpatory fashion. Here it is: “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.”
So let’s review. On Tuesday night, there was a Hasidic funeral in Williamsburg. Your own NYPD helped arrange street closures for the funeral with the Satmar Hasidim. People came out to show their respects to the dead. They were wearing masks.
Yes, they showed up in greater numbers than was safe. That is clear. But the very same police officers who set up the pylons closing the streets to car traffic could have limited the numbers, the way they do on New Year’s Eve around Times Square.
What we saw here was therefore a failure of authority. Your authority. Not a failure of “the Jewish community.” And yet, when you announced you were going to the site personally to address this outrage, what you saw were … bad Jews. Bad Jews!
There are 1.2 million Jews in New York City. This means that something like 99.4 percent of New York’s “Jewish community” did not attend that funeral.
Under your watch, as mayor, there has been an anti-Jewish crime wave in this city. Last year alone, anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 29 percent, prominently featuring the random sucker-punch attacks we’ve all seen on video.
After remaining shockingly silent about them for a very long time, you finally spoke out in December 2019. In appointing a task force to look into the violent assaults on Jews in the five boroughs, you said, “An attack on the Jewish community is an attack on all New Yorkers.”
Maybe you should appoint a task force to investigate yourself.
You know, I used to think you were an idiot, the kind of idiot useful to totalitarians, the kind who subscribed to the official party newspaper of the Stalinist regime in Nicaragua back in the 1980s.
I also used to think you were a feckless and thoughtless mayor who airily allowed the cleaned-up streets of the city to regress into an open-air dormitory for opioid addicts in thrall to some demented principle of fairness and justice, not to mention a man intent on destroying the school system out of some equally demented ideas about how excellence is racist.
What I didn’t think, after six years of your ghastly mayoralty, was that you had the capacity to surprise me. But you have.
Here’s what’s interesting: Unlike a lot of other people, I don’t think you should be blamed for what you said about the virus before you turned on a dime and decided to play New York City Hall Monitor. You may not have been prescient, but you were far from alone.
No, how you defended yourself on Wednesday morning, how you reacted when others reacted so angrily to what you said — that reveals your true self. Your tweet, you declared, “was said with love, but it was tough love.”
Let me follow your example, and say something with love, but tough love:
You’re a bad person.
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