NEW YORK CITY, NY – After quoting Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevera during his failed 2020 presidential campaign, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is back to quoting communist figures.
During his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, de Blasio was asked about a recent report that said his “long-held antipathy toward well-heeled private sector interests” was jeopardizing the city’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
In response, de Blasio admitted that “my focus has not been on the business community and the elites.”
Blackburn was only quoting the BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 that the organizers in BLM were “trained Marxists”https://t.co/hm8yqrmrv7
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) July 14, 2020
De Blasio said:
“I am tempted to borrow from Karl Marx here.”
De Blasio went on to tell WNYC radio:
“There’s a famous quote that ‘the state is the executive committee of the bourgeois’ and I use it openly to say, ‘No.’
“I actually read that as a young person and I said, ‘That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.'”
The mayor added:
“The business community matters, we need to work with the business community, we will work with the business community — but the city government represents the people, represents working people, and mayors should not be too cozy with the business community, governors should not be too cozy with the business community.”
Show me the lie! https://t.co/uZIwaRKbCp
— Bill Neidhardt (@BNeidhardt) July 24, 2020
De Blasio’s press secretary, Bill Neidhart, appeared to double down on the remarks, tweeting:
“Show me the lie!”
Many on Twitter were quick to call out de Blasio. Reporter Jillian Jorgensen tweeted:
“For anyone surprised the mayor would quote Karl Marx this morning, a reminder that in 2018 a spokesman told me: ‘The Mayor remains committed to the highest ideals of the Sandinistas,’ while adding ‘He is not blind to their faults.'”
In addition, the remarks appeared to irk many leaders in the business community.
Kathy Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, said:
[“De Blasio] suggests that the business community somehow does not represent working people, which is an ideological position and not an accurate representation of our city’s highly diverse private sector.”
Wylde, whose organization represents businesses that collectively employ 1.5 million New Yorkers, also said:
“This crisis is a moment to bring the people of New York together, not to divide them.”
In case there was any doubt that Bill DeBlasio is a Marxist, he just recited from memory the Communist Manifesto.
DeBlasio wants to turn New York City and our country into a Communist Society. https://t.co/8dfhajejlM
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 24, 2020
Jay Martin of the Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents 4,000 building owners, accused de Blasio of having “done nothing to improve the living conditions of tens of thousands of [public-housing] residents.”
“He talks about a Marxist utopia and demonizes the very businesses that fund his progressive pet projects, while many of his constituents live without hot water because of his incompetence.
“Do better Mr. Mayor. Or resign.”
Andrew Rigie of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, which represents thousands of restaurants and bars, said:
“The business community is made up of small business owners who are working people who city government should represent.
“I’m not sure making distinctions between groups of people who are all important unites us to help heal and save our city.”
This is not the first time the mayor has been in hot water for speaking favorably of communist regimes and ideas.
HE LEFT A MARX— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio quoted Karl Marx, author of the "Communist Manifesto," on Friday, prompting some pushback on social media#NextRevFNC @SteveHiltonx https://t.co/TDrOVwvIX5
— The Next Revolution (@NextRevFNC) July 25, 2020
Speaking about the former, communist Sandinista government of Nicaragua, where he went on a relief mission in 1988, de Blasio told the New York Times in 2013:
“They were in their own humble way, in this small country, trying to figure out what would work better.”
De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, traveled to Cuba for their 1994 honeymoon, flying there from Canada to illegally skirt an American travel ban against the communist island nation.
During his failed presidential bid last year, de Blasio sparked controversy by quoting a rallying cry associated with Guevara, the late Cuban communist revolutionary, a remark he later apologized for.
In recent days, de Blasio has proudly helped paint city streets to promote the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which was initially organized by “trained Marxists,” co-founder Patrisse Cullors reportedly admitted in a 2015 interview.
As the country continues to watch the violent crime rate skyrocket in New York City, de Blasio’s response appears content to be to quote communists and paint “Black Lives Matter” on city streets, all while he cuts funding to the police department.
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Here’s more on the Marxist group Black Lives Matter and their threat to America.
Make no mistake about it…Black Lives Matter, the organization is more about political power than anything else.
Fighting racism is secondary to their primary mission…fundamentally changing the United States of America.
One of the co-founders of the group, Patrisse Cullors said as much on Friday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, according to The Epoch Times.
“Our goal is to get Trump out.”
President "Trump not only needs to not be in office in November but he should resign now," says co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Patrisse Cullors. "Trump needs to be out of office. He is not fit for office." pic.twitter.com/T6mLZ11cEv
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) June 19, 2020
Not happy with beating the president at the ballot box, Cullors said she wants Trump out of office now.
“Trump not only needs to not be in office in November, but he should resign now. Trump needs to be out of office. He is not fit for office,” Cullors said.
Tapper asked Cullors, a self-identified Marxist to speak to the current cultural shift occurring in the United States in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
“We absolutely are in a cultural shift, and it’s not just hearts and attitudes changing,” Cullors said.
“We’re also seeing entire police departments transforming, we’re seeing city councils, county body supervisors, governors, the national government, try to have a much more difficult and promising conversation about re-imagining public safety,” she said.
“Re-imagining public safety.”
Black Lives Matter is front and center in the move to not only “defund the police” but “eliminate the police.” Their charter asks for the mass release of all inmates currently being held in prison with very few exceptions.
Remember the riots after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri?
“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”
Those chants were led by those not only sympathetic to Black Lives Matters, but the leaders as well.
Attorney General Bill Barr has been moving forward on criminal justice reform for a few years, however he rejects the claim that law enforcement is systemically racist.
“Since the 1960’s, I think we’ve been in a phase of reforming our institutions and making sure that they’re in sync with our laws and aren’t fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities,” the attorney general said on “Face the Nation” on June 7.
Barr continued, “I think there’s racism in the United States still, but I don’t think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.”
He also said that he believed it’s “undeniable that progress is being made” in regard to reforming various institutions across the country, adding:
“We have a generation of police leaders in tis country, many of whom are now African American, in our major cities, who are firmly committed to equal justice and to fair policing.”
Barr acknowledged the distrust that African Americans have due to “the history in this country,” however said that the Trump administration is expanding efforts to further reform law enforcement, as evidenced by President Trump’s executive order signed on Tuesday addressing law enforcement reform.
The policy includes measures that encourage enhanced police training where it concerns de-escalation techniques and provided stronger guidelines and restrictions for the use of chokeholds as a restraining technique.
After Floyd’s death last month, protests…some peaceful, most not broke out across the country. Major cities saw widespread looting and rioting, and hundreds of police officers and civilians were injured or killed in the mayhem.
While the peaceful protests have called attention to criminal justice reform and other issues affecting people of color, there are those who believe that there is much more driving these protests than anger over the death of a black man at the hands of police.
For example, former FBI Counterterrorism Director Terry Turchie compared Black Lives Matter to the Black Panther Party back in the 1960’s. In an interview with Sky News Australia, Turchie said that Black Lives Matter, just like the Black Panther Party have similar “Marxist-Maoist-Leninist” roots with a goal of “total transformation—very important two words there—the total transformation of the United States government and America.”
For her part, Cullors admitted in an interview that was recently discovered and which had been shared on social media of the group Black Lives Matter that, “we actually do have an ideological frame,” while adding that she and others at the organizer level are “trained Marxists.”
“Just the News” reported that the group’s website “deals heavily in language and rhetoric steeped in left-wing ideology.”
BLM’s website says that it is dedicated to “issues concerning racial injustice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, Black immigration, economic injustice, LGBTQIA+ (not sure where the IA+ came from), and human rights, environmental injustice, access to healthcare, access to quality education, and voting rights and suppression.”
Hit all the left-wing buttons in that statement.
The interview, conducted in 2015 by Morgan State University Professor Jared Ball, had Ball ask Cullors about some criticism of the group, which alleged “a lack of perhaps ideological direction in Black Lives Matter that would allow it to be, to fizzle out.”
Cullors answered, “Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories,” she said, while noting that many of BLM’s founders had been seeking to “build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”
The video was released as the movement has been raking in cash from companies and individuals who are trying to avoid being called “racist” for not going with the cause while not understanding exactly where or to whom their money is going.
Remember back when then-candidate Barack Obama said we were only “five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?” It looks like we are there.
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