New York City’s Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio has long faced criticism from conservatives — but now, it looks like the attacks are coming from all angles.
Fox News reports that calls for de Blasio to resign swept Twitter on Sunday after the New York mayor took the side of law enforcement in the face of allegedly unruly protesters who have lined the streets of the Big Apple and cities across the country in light of the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.
“Wrong on its face”
According to Fox, the outrage came in the wake of remarks de Blasio made on Sunday about an incident in which two police vehicles were used to push back a menacing crowd of protesters. While the mayor called the video “upsetting,” he said cops weren’t the instigators.
“It’s inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers,” the mayor pointed out, emphasizing that such behavior is “wrong on its face,” according to Fox.
“The situation was started by a group of protesters converging on a police vehicle, attacking that vehicle. It’s unacceptable,” the mayor added.
By Sunday morning, de Blasio had clarified his comments, calling for a “full investigation” to “see what was done and why it was done and what could be done differently,” NBC News reported.
“We need a real mayor”
But Twitter users weren’t buying his change of tune. “We need a real mayor. RESIGN, de Blasio,” one user wrote, according to Fox. Another user cited by Fox said de Blasio “ruthlessly defending NYPD at every turn” left her “almost too stunned for words.”
Far-left Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), who represents part of New York City, also expressed anger over what de Blasio had said, but did not demand that he step down.
“As mayor, this police department is under your leadership,” the freshman representative wrote in a tweet shortly after midnight on Sunday, as Fox reported. “This moment demands leadership [and] accountability from each of us.”
That’s not all
Of course, Mayor de Blasio isn’t the only member of his family to be embroiled in controversy right now. According to the New York Daily News, the mayor’s 25-year-old daughter Chiara was arrested on charges of unlawful assembly during protests Saturday.
It was just one of nearly 350 arrests made by the NYPD “by early Sunday,” the Daily News reported, “after a chaotic night of protests and looting…that saw 33 cops injured and 47 police vehicles damaged, sources said.”
On Monday, de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that a citywide curfew would be put in place in the Big Apple in light of ongoing unrest, Spectrum News NY1 reported. Other cities to have enacted curfews amid the protests include Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago, according to NBC News.