New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, has seen his popularity decline among his constituents since long before riots and looting broke out in a city still largely locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That sagging approval rate appeared further battered as protesters turned their backs on him, booed, cursed, and shouted over him during a vigil in honor of George Floyd on Thursday night, according to Breitbart.
Some in the crowd expressing their disdain for de Blasio’s response to the demonstrations called for him to leave the stage.
“Welcome with respect”
As the New York Post reported, protesters repeated expletive-laden chants aimed directly at the mayor and the curfew he has imposed on the city.
Even as Rev. Kevin McCall and other event organizers pleaded with the crowd to show de Blasio some respect, the shouts continued, as evidenced in numerous video clips shared on social media. (Editor’s note: The following clips contain explicit language that may be offensive to some.)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech at the memorial for George Floyd in Brooklyn was met with boos and jeers, despite requests from organizers for the crowd not to do so. pic.twitter.com/3Yr96RiaMj
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 4, 2020
“Let us welcome, with respect, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.”
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) June 4, 2020
The mayor’s brief remarks included a call for change and other general platitudes, but failed to sway many of his detractors. The Post clocked his speech in at less than five minutes.
“Worst week as mayor”
Just as the largely anti-police protesters turned their backs on de Blasio on Thursday, NYPD officers have also turned their backs on the mayor in the past, including during his eulogy of an officer killed in the line of duty in December 2014.
News of violence against the city’s police force and allegations of excessive force in the other direction continue to pose a threat to the nation’s most populous city.
Less than three months ago, he experienced what New York Magazine dubbed his “worst week as mayor” after downplaying the threat of the coronavirus in the early stages of a pandemic that would grow exponentially within New York City.
In a time of crisis, it seems the only issue de Blasio is able to unite the people of his city on is their disapproval of his leadership.