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Newly-elected New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams came face-to-face with angry anti-vaccine-mandate protesters on Wednesday as they loudly marched to his office and confronted him as he was stepping outside.
Video footage from the protest showed the demonstrators crossing the Brooklyn Bridge wielding signs that read “F–k Joe Biden” and “End The Censorship Of Vaccine Risks,” among other things.
Additional video footage showed the demonstrators, many of them minorities, crowding around Adams and yelling in his face as he stepped out of his office.
Watch (Language warning):
Protesters against vaccine mandates march over the Brooklyn Bridge before meeting with Mayor Elect Eric Adams @ericadamsfornyc inside of his office at Brooklyn Borough Hall. @njegmedia @nyfreedomrally @LeeroyPress @NYCMayor @NYCMayorsOffice @ChildrensHD #NYC #brooklynbridge pic.twitter.com/BDygdVG4VF
— npsgirl (@npsgirl) November 4, 2021
#AntiMandate protesters today outside Brooklyn Borough Hall. Eventually Mayor elect Adams came outside to meet with the crowd. #NoVaccineMandates #NoVaccinePassports #NYC #WorldWideWalkout #freedom #EricAdams #election #FDNY #NYPD #DSNY #Teachers #Nurses @nyfreedomrally pic.twitter.com/iPFoKEXen1
— Katie🫖 (@katietighe) November 4, 2021
Angry anti-Covid mandate protesters confront Eric Adams the day after he won the election to become New York City’s next mayor. pic.twitter.com/mLhEHg3sJc
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 3, 2021
In fairness to Adams, he appeared to be interested in actually listening to the protesters versus just dismissing all dissenters like outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Speaking to a reporter amid the protest, he said he wants to sit down with those who are sincere in their concerns about the city’s vaccine mandate.
“In this crowd is some people who are really concerned about their families, their children, and there are some who are just here to aggravate the city. We’ve had enough yelling and screaming,” he said.
“I want to sit down with these family members, I want to hear them, I want to understand what they’re saying. Some people in the crowd, they don’t want a resolution. But these women here that I’ve talked to, they have some real concerns, and I want to hear their concerns because that’s my responsibility as a man,” he said.
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) November 4, 2021
Future mayor Eric Adams spoke to Anti-Vaccine Mandate protesters who were demonstrating outside of his office in New York City… pic.twitter.com/WoDnGYIleS
— LUKE2FREEDOM (@L2FTV) November 4, 2021
“You start with a conversation. That’s where you start from. You start from a conversation. This is not 1980 and David Dinkins [undecipherable] in City Hall. That’s not happening to me. I’m not going to be afraid to walk in my city. I’m not going to be afraid of groups. We’re going to learn how to talk together,” he added.
The difference in attitude between Adams and de Blasio was striking.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that morning (it’s not clear whether his appearance was before or after the protest), Adams undercut de Blasio by saying “we need to revisit how we are going to address the vaccine mandates.”
While he also cautioned that he wasn’t trying “to Monday-morning-quarterback the mayor,” just the mere fact that he was willing to “revisit” the topic spoke volumes.
Ironically, it was also enough to provoke another round of protests — this time from the COVID zealots on Twitter.
Case in point:
He better not. Vaccine mandates NEED TO STAY AND BE ENFORCED
— JasonK95 (@jason_k95) November 4, 2021
You wanna revisit the vaccine mandate for city workers? Are you nuts?
Are you Republican?
Thank God I don’t live in NYC.
— HandsomeTattedDaddy (@John26813920) November 4, 2021
@ericadamsfornyc you are the Mayor elect of NYC and not only the cops and firefighters. You are starting on the wrong foot saying you are going to revisit vaccine mandates. Safeguard ALL the citizens of the City.
— Kim (@dancermom2) November 4, 2021
We must use all public health tools at our disposal not just some 😷 and 💉 up https://t.co/JyEXv7vZgS
— Tara Herrmann, PhD (@TaraHerrmannPhD) November 4, 2021
De Blasio, meanwhile, continues to double, triple and quadruple down on his mandate.
During an appearance Tuesday also on “Morning Joe,” he outright called union leaders who’re fighting back against the mandate “unpatriotic.”
“Several unions have been, in my view, downright unpatriotic the way they’ve handled this, because they have put their own internal politics ahead of the needs of the people,” he said.
He also attacked local firefighters for calling in “sick” to still get paid while avoiding the mandate.
“That is unconscionable, and I assure you, they’re going to experience some consequences for what they’ve done,” he said.
Incidentally, during his own MSNBC appearance Wednesday, Adams slammed the current mayor for his refusal to negotiate fairly with anti-vaccine-mandate unions.
“What I believe [de Blasio] has failed to do appropriately is sit down with the unions, the leadership,” he said.
That, his critics would say, is one of many things the mayor has “failed to do” …
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