Liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for more “disruption” to protest the election of Donald Trump.
“We have to recognize that all over this country, the more disruption that’s caused peacefully … the more it will change the trajectory of things,” he said in a radio interview on Monday, adding that Trump did not have a mandate to implement his agenda because he failed to win the popular vote.
De Blasio also pledged that New York City would not comply if Trump sought to restore “stop-and-frisk,” a controversial policy that was deemed unconstitutional by a U.S. district court judge in 2013. “They can threaten to take away money, but they cannot tell us how to police our streets,” he said.
The Democratic mayor, who aspires to be a standard bearer for the left, criticized members of his own party for failing to address the concerns of working-class voters, who “have every right to feel cheated.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 15, 2016
De Blasio’s name occasionally appeared in the hacked emails of Democratic emails published by WikiLeaks, mostly in a negative context. Hillary Clinton’s top campaign advisers were not amused by the mayor’s reluctance to enthusiastically endorse Clinton in the Democratic primary. They also chafed at his desire to have more direct access to Clinton, saying that she would not be comfortable with such an arrangement.
“I find him a bit insufferable,” Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden wrote of de Blasio in an email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “Sorry if I let my extreme annoyance show.”
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