Rules for thee, but not for me.
With New York still the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was confronted Saturday by an angry resident in Brooklyn while out for an afternoon stroll with his wife, Chirlane McCray.
Both de Blasio and McCray, who was just announced as co-chair of the Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity as part of the city’s reopening plan, were wearing masks, but the couple was some 11 miles from Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence on the Upper East Side, which is located inside Carl Schurz Park.
The resident, Darren Goldner, posted a video of the encounter, as he berates the far-left Democratic mayor for his “non-essential travel.”
@NYCMayor no, I won’t “give it a break.” You don’t get a break. We don’t get a break.
You can’t change the past & will always have blood on your hands.
If I were you, I’d be working night & day to help those in most dire need. Maybe start with your inadequate homeless services. pic.twitter.com/i71ulg7Hvl
— darren (@brooklyn_darren) April 25, 2020
Goldner, who identified himself on Twitter as a Brooklyn organizer with Democratic Socialists of America, ripped the hypocritical de Blasio for his “selfish” behavior and for being a poor representation of the progressive movement.
“Seriously, you guys have a park. You live in a park,” he tells the couple. “You don’t need to non-essentially travel to Brooklyn. Come on you won’t even open roads for people of all backgrounds.”
“Come on guys, give it a break,” de Blasio replied, as he and his wife walk away.
“I’m not going to give it a break. This is selfish behavior!” Goldner shot back, as he continued to follow the couple.
One of at least two aides accompanying de Blasio attempt to run interference as the mayor beats a hasty retreat.
“This is so terribly selfish,” Goldner persisted. “You call yourself a progressive, but you chauffeur yourself to Brooklyn. You force people to drive you.”
A second aide tries to impede his travel, as Goldner calls out, “This is ridiculous. This is the epitome of nonessential travel.”
And when the aide gets up close and personal, he called her out as well.
“You’re getting too close to me to be socially distant,” Goldner stressed.
Meanwhile, de Blasio and his wife put considerable distance between themselves and Goldner, as they made their way to their vehicle.
In a separate tweet, Goldner shared a photo of the mayor in his official vehicle.
“He claims to be a progressive & grifted onto @BernieSanders campaign,” the tweet read. “But BdB parrots talking points at a national level without understanding their meaning in his own context. His actions tell us who he really is. Austerity for the working class, privilege for the ruling class.”
He claims to be a progressive & grifted onto @BernieSanders campaign. But BdB parrots talking points at a national level without understanding their meaning in his own context.
His actions tell us who he really is
Austerity for the working class, privilege for the ruling class pic.twitter.com/ueVQqT2vN3
— darren (@brooklyn_darren) April 25, 2020
Goldner was widely praised online for calling de Blasio out. As the responses to his tweets show, Hizzoner is not too popular these days with any faction of the political spectrum.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Good for you! His behaviour has been so atrocious, he shouldnt be able to set foot in a public space without being asked questions like these.
— Jonathan Meier 🇭🇰 (@jonathanwmeier) April 25, 2020
Not to mention encouraging citizens to report fellow citizens who are not abiding by the guidelines. Total fkin hypocrite.
— Planet Mars (@3Marlanas) April 27, 2020
That one of him making insane faces directly into the camera had a good run but I would like to submit this for consideration as the new definitive BdB gif pic.twitter.com/le9safjjNK
— Chris Polansky (@ChrisKPolansky) April 25, 2020
WELL DONE! Thank you for getting this on tape. I am shocked but not surprised he still doing this. Embarrassed, too. Thank you for doing this.
— nicole (@nicoledandrea) April 26, 2020
Tell him to take the subway to Brooklyn, so he can see the squalor caused by his failure to care for the homeless.
— Will Sughrue (@dennis_sughrue) April 26, 2020
See pic if you’re not from or don’t live in NYC
When he says “You guys have a park, you live in the middle of a park.” They literally live in a park but choose to drive to another park. He literally lives a block from Asphalt Green but chooses to drive to another gym pic.twitter.com/Jw6w7FMN2I
— Who’s Open Queens? #MapinBio (@alanbaglia) April 26, 2020
Awewome you chased him all the way to the refuge of his suv! With some staffer snark thrown in.
— Steve Vaccaro (@BicyclesOnly) April 26, 2020
— JQ LLC / Impunity City (@jqllc) April 26, 2020
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