Homeless people were kicked off the subway in New York City so Mayor Bill de Blasio could enjoy a “clean” photo-op.
De Blasio rode the subway from his Park Slope gym to his re-election headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, according to multiple press reports. It was for a staged PR photo.
The mayor wanted a picture of himself riding the hideous NYC subways so he could claim he’s one of the proletariat. But De Blasio — a self-proclaimed champion of minorities and the poor — wanted to make sure his propaganda photos weren’t ruined by smelly homeless people littering the subway platform.
Ali Imtiaz, who runs a newsstand inside the Jay Street/MetroTech station, was shocked when he saw no homeless people on the subway platform.
“I see a lot of homeless people in a week — up to 25,” Imtiaz told the New York Post. “Today, I have seen only one. I was asking my colleague today why we don’t see any homeless.”
Here is the email that Mayor de Blasio say doesn't exist; showing police directive to clear homeless from subway stations prior to his visit pic.twitter.com/Y6YVW4KCgV
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) July 26, 2017
After learning that the platform was cleared of vagrants to make the ride more pleasant for de Blasio, Imtiaz said he wishes the city would do something permanently about the rampant homelessness.
“It’s good for everybody that they clear out the homeless,” he said. “This should be continued. This is a very busy subway.”
When Bill de Blasio was voted into office in 2013, he ran on a platform to champion the poor and the oppressed, but his mayorship has been a disaster on every level.
Anecdotally, New Yorkers say the streets are dirtier, crime has spiked, infrastructure has crumbled, the subways are filthier, more expensive and more crowded than ever before, and homeless has skyrocketed to record highs under de Blasio.
Indeed, homelessness in New York — one of the richest cities in the world and home to a record 79 billionaires — is at its highest point since the Great Depression.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 6, 2017
Before de Blasio took office, most homeless people were older minorities. Now, the streets of New York are littered with numerous young people of all ethnicities. The shocking recent rise of white homelessness in NYC is especially jarring because it undercuts the longtime media narrative about “white privilege.”
De Blasio was re-elected in November 2017. His mayorship is widely viewed as one of the least successful ever.
Update May 2019: De Blasio announced that he’s running for president of the United States. ??
New Yorkers react to the entrance of Bill de Blasio in the 2020 race:
New Yorker: "He should’ve announced April 1."
New Yorker: "It would’ve been a good April fools joke."
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 16, 2019
Clown Bill is one of the most unpopular NYC mayors ever.
Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on ABC's Good Morning America this morning that he is running for president in 2020
A crowd outside the studio chanted "Liar!" at him so loudly that it could be heard on set inside the building pic.twitter.com/PuFivikMXQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 16, 2019
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