NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio caught a whole lot of flack from local law enforcement after skipping out on a slain officer’s vigil this weekend to speak at G20 protest rallies in Germany.During his remarks at the funeral, many cops in attendance turned their backs to him in protest.
It seems those actions were truly earned, given that the city actually approved de Blasio’s trip for the sole purpose of opposing Trump.According to The NY Post:
The city Conflicts of Interest Board gave Mayor de Blasio the green light for a free trip to Germany because it achieved a “city purpose” — of opposing President Trump, a spokesman said Monday.
An email from the conflicts board’s lawyer, sent at 10 p.m. Friday — more than a day after de Blasio flew to Germany — said the board approved his itinerary based on a rule that allows acceptance of travel-related gifts if “the trip is for a city purpose and therefore could properly be paid for with city funds.”Asked what city purpose was achieved by de Blasio giving the keynote speech at a G20 protest rally in Hamburg, spokesman Eric Phillips cited Hizzoner’s self-appointed role as a progressive foil to the president.
“He was representing New York City and our values, and providing an alternate American viewpoint to the deeply problematic vision of President Trump,” Phillips said.
Since the green-light for city funding came too late, a group who put on a demonstration called “Hamburg Shows Attitude” actually paid for de Blasio to go to Germany stating, “it’s worth it to not just hear the voice of President Trump in Germany these days.”Regardless of his purpose for going, the job of a mayor isn’t to represent American interests abroad, but to work for the citizens of his own city, something de Blasio failed to do.
What the citizens of New York, particularly law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day, really needed was comfort and support from their leadership, which is something they didn’t get, hence all the outrage.
[Note: This article was written by Steve Parker]