Angry New Yorker confronts Mayor de Blasio for ‘non-essential travel’ in park 11 miles from mansion


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.”

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.”

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:




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