De Blasio has been having a rough go of things lately. He’s losing his grip on the city and let’s just say that this grip wasn’t exactly that tight to begin with. For starters, his health commissioner has decided to resign. The city’s horrific handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was blasted on his way out of the door as well.
The media has questions about the mayor’s handling of other issues. Massive Black Lives Matter murals are being painted in each of the city’s five boroughs and the rest of the world wants to know why no other forms of political speech are being allowed. De Blasio is playing a very dangerous game at the moment. He is taking a major risk when it comes to the rest of the city.
New York City residents cannot paint murals like these without asking for a permit first. In this case, the mayor decided to bypass that step of the process and that was that. No one can dare to question him on it and anyone who does is called a racist. Anyone who wants to paint their own mural will have to go through the proper channels and De Blasio is playing with fire.
Why wouldn’t people be angry about this glaring double standard? He cannot explain the inconsistency away. The best part of all? He readily admitted that he was not willing to follow the proper protocols. The city is at legal risk and they are opening the door to more political speech. According to the mayor, the city is not turning down anyone else’s request. They are just making them jump through hoops instead.
When Mayor De Blasio wants something painted on the streets, the process does not exist. All this does is show people that their opinions do not matter if they do not align with the mainstream media’s point of view. “We haven’t said ‘no’ to people, we’ve said, ‘If you want to apply, you can apply, but there’s a process,” said the mayor.
In all fairness to the mayor, he was willing to elaborate a bit more when he spoke with the New York Post.
“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. But the normal process continues for anyone who wants to apply,” de Blasio explained.
His hubris is hilarious. Instead of just admitting that he’s bypassing the rules to suit his political needs, he’d rather act like he is being called upon by a higher power during a “moment in history”. Wait until the people who he is pandering to take a look at his past record when it comes to doling out billions to the New York City Police Department.
He can try to re-brand all he wants but those who have been paying attention for some time now are not going to be fooled for any reason. Anyone who is looking to express themselves in New York City must go through the mayor first. The same rules do not apply to him. He claims not to have said “no” to anyone else as of yet but we are not buying that and he shouldn’t be selling it.
It will only be a matter of time before someone else steps forward and tells their story of being denied a permit. De Blasio will be made to look foolish and we’ll pretend that we are surprised. The Donald Trump, Women for America First group is already claiming that their permit has been sitting in the pile for two months now.
The mayor is behaving like a monarch and we are not the only ones who have taken notice of this. Someone needs to get him under control before he has a political quagmire on his hands that he can’t explain his way out of so easily.