President Trump on Tuesday slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for doing a “horrible” job responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Post reports.
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the president said New York City was “going bad” with several self-styled progressive candidates—including some supported by the Democratic Socialists of America— unseating incumbents in the recent Democratic primary elections.
“The people that are winning these races for the Democrats—Eliot Engel, he was staple many, many years . . . from a very nice part of the world that’s going bad on us: New York,” Trump said, referring to the 16-term Democratic congressman’s surprise primary loss to Jamaal Bowman, a former school principal.
Engel’s reelection bid was damaged after being caught on a hot mic saying if not for his election, he wouldn’t care about speaking at a Bronx event focusing on this summer’s civil unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the Post reported.
Trump blamed De Blasio for rising crime in New York City, especially a sharp increase in homicides, following months of civil unrest, high unemployment, and the threat of a massive wave of evictions following the coronavirus economic shutdown.
“I left [New York City], it was four years ago; it was a wonderful place,” Trump told Hannity. “You could see signs of badness but it was a wonderful place.”
“What’s happening in New York is so horrible for our country. What they’ve done—what Mayor de Blasio has done to that city in a short period of time is horrible,” the president added.
The president cited the mail-in ballot-counting problems of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who last week was finally declared the winner of her close primary race.
“You’ll never know who won the election, just like in New York. They had an election with Carolyn Maloney, a third-rate congresswoman that I’ve known for a long time . . . well, she won, but they have no idea where the ballots are . . . her opponent is having a fit.”
Maloney’s opponent, Suraj Patel, claims more than 12,000 mail-in votes were disqualified over problems with the ballots, such as lack of postcards. “Our election was [rife] with systemic voter disenfranchisement,” Patel said in a statement.