NYC councilman says protesters are blameless if coronavirus spikes; it’s NYPD and racism’s fault

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New York City Councilman Mark Levine was slammed for his hot take on a potential spike in coronavirus cases.

The Democrat representing Manhattan neighborhoods took to Twitter Wednesday morning to declare that “racism” deserves the blame for any sudden spike in cases of COVID-19 in the city, and protesters gathered en masse weeks after thousands have died in the state due to the illness will bear no responsibility.

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“Let’s be clear about something: if there is a spike in coronavirus cases in the next two weeks, don’t blame the protesters,” Levine tweeted. “Blame racism.”

The member of the New York City Council, and chairman of its health committee, was touted in the Washington Post last month as the Anthony Fauci of the Council, referring to the White House coronavirus task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Levine’s finger-pointing on Wednesday extended to the New York Police Department, citing their actions in dealing with demonstrations and violent protests that rocked the city in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week.

He also shared an alert sent to medical providers by the New York City Health Department on testing for COVID-19.

Of course, Twitter users were reminded that Levine that racism against Asian people was his big concern in February as the virus began to spread.

State and city Democrat leaders have forgotten that they were just threatening residents with fines and jail time over violations of coronavirus orders. Democrats running major cities now seem to be all in with protesters as they allow mass demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he “stands” with the demonstrators – even though they were in violation of his own stay-at-home orders, with the first phase of a reopening plan not happening until sometime this month.

Earlier this month, the governor blasted critics who were calling for coronavirus restrictions to be lifted, declaring at a news conference, “you have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has come under fire by even Cuomo for mishandling the rampant rioting and looting in the city, repeatedly shamed New Yorkers who defied social distancing or lockdown orders just before the protests began.

Twitter users blasted Levine for not assigning blame for a possible spike in cases of the contagious virus where it belongs.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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