Monday, April 6, 2020

How Bill de Blasio Failed New York City

Much has been wanting about Trump’s response to the outbreak. But de Blasio’s fulminations against Trump are clearly meant to divert from his own failures of leadership. De Blasio equivocated on obvious measures like closing schools. He could not even bring himself to close the city’s playgrounds. When these were finally shuttered, it was by decree of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. De Blasio went along with the plan reluctantly—“I respect that,” he said of the decision—like a child being dragged to the dentist by his determined dad. On WYNC on Friday, he said researchers had only discovered “in the last 48 hours” that asymptomatic people can spread the disease. If Trump made the same preposterous claim, there would be howling calls for impeachment, renewed questions about his state of mind. Public-health professionals have known for months how the coronavirus spreads and who can do the spreading. If de Blasio didn't know, the fault is fully his own.


  1. Garnel IronheartApril 6, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    And this is what I've been telling you even as you block my comments: failures on both sides of the aisle. Leaders at all levels screwing up but the obsession with Trump erases all the other idiocies. The system is broken. It puts incompetent people in positions of power repeatedly while the good people below them struggle to hold things together. That's what we need to focus on.

  2. your comments have been moderated and not one blocked

  3. Persecution complex. Very common.


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