Early last Wednesday, a 12-year New York City police officer was shot execution style while sitting in her command vehicle. Miosotis Familia, 48 years old and a mother of three, was shot in the head in her police truck, and died later at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump was in Europe for the annual G20 Summit, and, just as with everywhere Trump goes and everything Trump does, riots akin to Antifa ensued. The riots occurred in Hamburg, Germany, with over 150 officers injured throughout. These riots occur every year at G20, with Leftists and anarchists gathering to protest an event that promotes free trade, globalization, and capitalism in general.
Now, what do the two events mentioned above have to do with each other?
The answer is New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and his actions showing his true self.
Rather than staying in the city he is responsible for running, especially after a police officer was murdered in cold blood, de Blasio decided that his priority was Leftism instead of standing in solidarity with New York, and he opted to travel to Germany to join the G20 riots.
De Blasio, who assumed office in 2014, has made no secret of his radical Left-wing communist beliefs, or his disdain for police. In fact, former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly resigned due to De Blasio’s win in the mayoral race, and stated that de Blasio had ran an “anti-police campaign.” In addition, when two police officers were executed in a similar manner as Familia in late 2014, the police all turned their backs to de Blasio, as a message that his disdain for police and affinity for movements such as “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” or Black Lives Matter, contributed to these police officers’ deaths.
De Blasio, as mentioned above, has an affinity for radical Leftism, even Marxism, as well. In 1988, De Blasio, then 26, was in Nicaragua to help distribute food during a war between left and right, but came back an unabashed Communist with a vision of possibilities of an unlimited government, as The New York Times wrote in 2013 during de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. De Blasio admired Nicaragua’s Sandinista Party, whom President Reagan at the time denounced as “tyrannical and communist.” De Blasio had been an activist ever since, shifting his views minimally from time to time, but keeping to his same radical Leftist roots.
A prime example of de Blasio’s radicalism can be found just last month regarding New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. De Blasio, as National Review reported in May, was planning to March behind Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted terrorist who, before former President Barack Obama commuted his sentence, served 35 years in prison. Lopez Rivera was a leader of FALN, a Marxist terror group which sought Puerto Rico’s independence under Communist rule. He was sentenced in 1981 to 55 years in prison for his group carrying out over 100 bombings, killing many innocent civilians. When he was arrested in his Chicago apartment, six pounds of dynamite were found. In addition, Lopez Rivera declared himself “an enemy of the United States government” at his trial.
But none of this seems to bother de Blasio. And perhaps his decision to leave his city at this pivotal juncture is his political strategy of playing to his radically Left base. This plausibly explains why de Blasio chose, instead of standing with his city in a time of need, to be the activist he consistently was, this time taking the stage at the G20 Summit.
The United States stands for the exact opposite of what de Blasio does. A member of the police force, in his city, on his NYPD, was slaughtered. Any manager, of any company, would be terminated for his remis and sub par behavior. The optics are disastrous. It is for this reason, the New York mayor should be compelled to resign in disgrace.