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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unintentionally set himself up for the backlash of a lifetime this Saturday by taking to Twitter to plead with city residents to snitch on each other’s violations of basic social distancing rules and guidelines.

He issued the plea through a video in which he encouraged residents to text photos of social distancing infractions to the city’s non-emergency municipal services number.

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“Now look, thank you everyone who’s done [social distancing] the right way, but we still know there’s some people who need to get the message. And that means sometimes making sure the enforcement is there to educate people and make clear we’ve got to have social distancing. So, now it is easier than ever,” he enthusiastically said.

“When you see a crowd, when you see a line that’s not distanced, when you see a supermarket that’s too crowded — anything — you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem. And now, it’s as simple as taking a photo.”

He continued by urging residents to snap a photo of the alleged infraction and either text it to 311-692 or use the city’s “NYC 311” app to submit it to the city.

Unfortunately for the mayor and his staff, this plan is rife with problems.

For one, de Blasio’s a raging hypocrite:

Whoops.

Second, while the idea of snitching on genuine crimes such as murder and rape is noble, the idea of snitching on social distancing seems ignoble.

Why? Because it’s these very sorts of concerns that two weeks ago led Colorado police officers to arrest a father for committing the “crime” of not social distancing enough from his own 6-year-old daughter as they played together at a park.

Moreover, this new 311 program could easily be abused by those hoping to sic the police on their personal enemies:

Third, the mayor’s priorities seem disturbingly displaced. It was only a few weeks ago that he ordered the release of hundreds of “non-violent” Rikers Island inmates on the basis that keeping them confined during the coronavirus pandemic would be detrimental to their health.

One of those inmates wound up assaulting a 62-year-old retired carpenter after his release, while another wound up breaking into a closed newsstand.

Despite these disturbing consequences, de Blasio hasn’t backtracked. Meanwhile, he’s now siccing law-abiding citizens on one another.

To many, it seems remarkably absurd.

Look:

The latter Twitter user referenced a de Blasio-backed bill signed into law last year that eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanor and “non-violent” felony offenses, including but not limited to drug dealing and “criminally negligent homicide.”

And fourth, the mayor’s snitching plan may fit within a pattern of power overreach and potential “abuse” that’s been displayed recently by many Democrat lawmakers, depending on what exactly the “enforcement” he’s planning entails.

Note for instance how he spoke of the need of “making sure the enforcement is there to educate people.” That phrase seemed very Orwellian and left some wondering what the hell he meant:

Vivek Saxena

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