‘Everyone hates you’: NYC mayor torched for dancing in Times Square after banning public
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) enraged many New Yorkers after the NYC Police Commissioner stated: “Absolutely no one will be allowed to watch the ball drop or celebrate in Times Square.” De Blasio then released a video on social media showing him and his wife dancing in a deserted Times Square. He made it clear to New Yorkers not to come to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. New York’s mayor said to watch it at home on television.
“Tonight is going to be very special,” de Blasio, a Democrat, told reporters before the festivities began. “Don’t believe any doubting Thomases that say because there’s not going to be a million people or more in Times Square that it’s not going to be special. It’s going to be actually arguably the most special, the most poignant, the most moving New Year’s Eve. Everyone, watch it on television, don’t go down there. Watch from home.”
The city put up barricades to keep pedestrians away due to the pandemic. The only people who would be allowed downtown would be the performers for the show, along with a few dozen carefully screened front-line workers.
The rules evidently did not apply to the mayor himself. His office arrogantly tweeted out pictures of the mayor dancing with his wife, Chirlane McCray, in Times Square, which was eerily deserted due to the mayor’s edict. They did not socially distance in the least.
The backlash was fierce and immediate on social media. Thousands of ticked-off commenters shredded de Blasio for being the latest in a long line of politicians who visibly flaunted the COVID-19 rules that were imposed on the rest of the population.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) January 1, 2021
Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean was one of those who were infuriated by the elitist move. She lost both of her in-laws in nursing homes during the pandemic thanks to Governor Cuomo’s alleged handling of the virus. Her response was typical of the anger out there. She tweeted: “Celebrations in Times Square for me, but not for thee!”
Celebrations in Times Square for me, but not for thee! pic.twitter.com/IT2yUzMA09
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) January 1, 2021
They lined up to take a shot at de Blasio and the fact that he celebrated in public not caring how it looked.
I’ve always heard that while the Titanic was sinking the band played on. I guess I thought that was odd but I’d never heard of anyone on the stricken vessel DANCING to it. That’s what this essentially is.
— NeoUnrealist (@NeoUnrealist) January 1, 2021
Even liberal media outlet CNN could not tolerate it. A visibly intoxicated host Andy Cohen reacted to shots of de Blasio dancing by exclaiming, “Do something with this city! Honestly, get it together!”
Co-host Anderson Cooper helpfully added, “God. Goodness.”
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain tweeted: “You’ve always been basically the worst political in modern history – but shutting down the NYC but having your own private party in Times Square is really *chefs kiss* the most tone deaf thing I may have ever seen a Mayor do. Everyone hates you DeBlasio.”
You've always been basically the worst political in modern history – but shutting down the NYC but having your own private party in Times Square is really *chefs kiss* the most tone deaf thing I may have ever seen a Mayor do. Everyone hates you DeBlasio. https://t.co/7N600IpTSQ
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 1, 2021
Omri Ceren labeled de Blasio a ‘sociopath’.
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) January 1, 2021
“In 2020, people like Bill DeBlasio killed your small business and locked you inside your home. In 2021, they’re dancing in the streets closed off to the public, open ONLY for the politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and the media. They don’t care about you and they never have!,” tweeted Ohio GOP state Sen. Michael Rulli.”
In 2020, people like Bill DeBlasio killed your small business and locked you inside your home.
In 2021, they’re dancing in the streets closed off to the public, open ONLY for the politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and the media.
They don’t care about you and they never have! https://t.co/uW3mKAPx2V
— Senator Michael Rulli (@michaelrulli) January 1, 2021
“Bill De Blasio … was dancing in Times Square last night while New Yorkers were quarantined. And they voted him in. Twice,” tweeted a person who identified himself as Robert J. O’Neil, a former Navy SEAL and author of “The Operation.”
While Times Square was empty as were most celebration spots across the globe, Wuhan, China partied away. The Chinese government allowed thousands to party in the streets in a transparent attempt to reinforce their false propaganda message that they have handled the pandemic better than western democracies.