Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has seen a decline in his already dismal approval numbers in recent months thanks to his botched response to the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest that has led to a spike in crime.
In response to the mayor’s perceived failure to effectively lead, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is publicly calling for de Blasio to be “immediately removed from office,” Fox News reports.
“Protect the people”
Zeldin first made the assertion in a tweet on Monday and addressed the matter later in the week during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Outnumbered Overtime. Host Harris Faulkner asked him about the tweet and the video attached, which showed individuals fighting in the street in New York City.
Zeldin tweeted on Monday that de Blasio “is destroying our great city from the inside out” and predicted the city “will not make it” to the end of his term in office.
“He needs to be immediately removed from office to save the city and protect the people who live there!” the congressman concluded.
He followed up on Wednesday with a similar tweet, citing a spike in violent and other crimes.
“Quality of life is taking a beating, cops are being thrown under the bus, & the radical left is in charge & destroying the city,” Zeldin wrote. “DeBlasio [sic] must be removed immediately. The city won’t make it through the rest of his term.”
“Tale of two cities”
During Zeldin’s appearance on Fox, Harris asked the congressman why he favored removing the mayor from office.
“I love New York City,” he replied, according to Fox. He went on to compare the current state of affairs the that of the late 1980s under Democratic Mayor David Dinkins’ leadership and noting the improvement when Republican Rudy Giuliani replaced him.
“There was a focus on quality of life,” Zeldin said of the Giuliani years, as Fox reported. “You saw the crime rates go down, you saw the economy flourishing, the potential being reached.”
He also described the present situation as a “tale of two cites,” through which New York City “can be filled with opportunity, it can be filled with law and order, safety and security, peace and prosperity — or it’ll be this direction that Bill de Blasio is taking it down, which is chaos and lawlessness and poverty and a lack of opportunity.”
Given the high stakes that Zeldin says the city faces under de Blasio’s administration, perhaps it is not surprising that the mayor remains largely unpopular among New Yorkers of all types.