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With arrest of daughter, de Blasio resignation calls spike

The daughter of New York City mayor, Chiara de Blasio, was arrested Saturday night in violation of city curfew and unlawful assembly.

When arrested, protesters, including the mayor’s daughter, were blocking traffic on Broadway reported the New York Post.

“If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change,” said the mayor about an hour later, “you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It’s time to go home so we can all move forward.”

Calls from the left are increasing for de Blasio to resign.  The mayor has alternately defended and condemned the police for actions in protecting NYC. A video showing a city police car nudging through protestors blocking a road has been a flash point for the mayor.

“I’m not going to blame officers who were trying to deal with an absolutely impossible situation. The folks who were converging on that police car did the wrong thing to begin with, and they created an untenable situation,” he said. “I wish the officers had found a different approach, but let’s begin at the beginning. The protesters in that video did the wrong thing to surround that police car, period.”

Tweets Candace Owens:

Remember when @BilldeBlasio was blaming the riots on @realDonaldTrump? Last night, De Blasio’s daughter was arrested at a protest in NYC for barricading traffic & refusing to move. DEMOCRATS ARE SCUM. VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

De Blasio has taken criticism from the right for is heavy-handed management of the coronavirus in New York city.

In April, de Blasio threatened to arrest members of the Jewish community for attending a funeral in violation of the city’s quarantine provisions.

“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” the mayor wrote. “I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups.”

He also drew widespread criticism of his handling of mask enforcement. In May, a 22-year old mother was arrested for failing to wear a mask in a subway, in violation of de Blasio’s health department rules.

Again de Blasio responded taking both side of the issue saying that while his policy of wearing masks was “not optional,” he didn’t approve police arresting her.

The arrest of his daughter similarly puts de Blasio in a box, appearing to create rules that some must follow, while others are immune from them.

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