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New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang triggered a little backlash Saturday when he used profanity while delivering a speech at a campaign event in a Brooklyn Heights church, though the backlash quickly turned against the complainers.
He’d been speaking at the St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church about how NYC has transformed him from a punk kid who knew nothing into a high-profile Democrat politician when he suddenly used the profanity.
“I moved here as a 21-year-old law student at Columbia. I didn’t know s–t,” he said.
He then chuckled for a few seconds before moving on, though quite tellingly, nobody else in the church chuckled along with him.
“I have had the kind of life and career that I could never have even dreamt of as that 21-year-old, and every single good thing that has happened to me personally and professionally was made possible by New York City,” he continued.
In response to the 1-second use of profanity, several local journalists rushed to attack Yang.
Gloria Pazmino, a “reporter” for station NY1, falsely tweeted that he’d said, “When I moved to New York City, i didn’t know s–t.”
Errol Louis, an NY1 podcaster and New Yorok Daily News columnist, sarcastically wrote in his own tweet, “No worries; #YangGang will explain how this makes him the best possible leader in the history of NYC.”
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) May 8, 2021
— Errol Louis (@errollouis) May 8, 2021
Some everyday folks also came after the Democrat political candidate.
He said that in a church? What an idiot
— Artist (@DorasPaintDrips) May 9, 2021
You don’t say shit in a church. What’s the matter with you???
— Peggy McCormick (@Peggymc20) May 9, 2021
He’s still in the sanctuary. I cuss a lot and even I wouldn’t cuss in a church. That’s foul.
— Myra Faye Turner (@msmyrafaye) May 9, 2021
What on Earth was he thinking using that language in a Church?
— Justin Allen (@JAllen_NY) May 8, 2021
For the most part, though, the backlash happened in reverse, with the popular Democrat’s supporters telling the complainers to chill out.
His supporters also aimed fury at the two NY1 contributors mentioned earlier for taking Yang out of context and mocking him.
We deserve better from journalists. Here is Yang’s actual VERBATIM quote for context:
— Dani Leis มาลี (@danileis) May 9, 2021
dang, and it all fits nicely in a tweet, too. If ppl are just going to misquote him by removing 1 piece of context, the following “quote” “I moved here as a 21 year old” would have sufficed & have been just as “accurate”. but yeah, “journalism.”
— RoseDuelist (@RDuelist) May 9, 2021
As the host of this private event, his mild faux pas is what makes US all human. What HE is… is honest, mindful, caring and dedicated to his cause. He has a professional team behind him & they CARE about him. That says a lot more about his integrity than a silly word!
— Suriya (@suriyak111) May 8, 2021
He wasn’t “in” church, there was no pastor, no congregation. He was giving a political speech “at” a church which was being used as a venue. This reporter appears to like to “make” news, not “report” it.
— Dani Leis มาลี (@danileis) May 9, 2021
Really addressing the important issues to New Yorkers. Not jobs, COVID, poverty, no no. Let’s gossip about him saying the word “shit” at a town hall that happened to be inside a church.
— neoliberal shill (@nuancednuance69) May 9, 2021
God is mad about this? I doubt it.
The church was used as a venue. I saw your comment RE: how you feel it disrespects Christians & you seem to care strongly about it, & I respect you opinion. But I’m also a Christian, & certainly not offended. If it were during service I get it
— Shane Moynihan 🧢🗽 🇺🇸 🍎 🦉 (@washheights44) May 9, 2021
This backlash against the backlash was motivated by the fact that like former President Donald Trump, Yang is a non-establishment outsider who’s greatly liked by NYC’s citizens, according to polling data, but who’s abhorred by the city’s elites.
Pazmino and Louis’s own employer found in a poll published last month that Yang was leading the race with 22 percent of support, up ahead by nine points against Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams, who was in second place.
A new GQR poll published last week found that Eric Adams had swung ahead of Yang with 21 percent of support to Yang’s now 18 percent. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
In a monologue earlier this month, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson noted that Adams is a gun-toting former NYPD captain who, unlike Yang and de Blasio, wants to be tough — not soft — on crime.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 7, 2021
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