New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is extremely unpopular among New York City police officers, this has been known for a long time.
Some of those same police showed up at the second Democrat debate on Wednesday night to protest him.
FOX News reports:
NYPD officers protest de Blasio outside Democratic debate: ‘Can’t run the city, can’t run the country’
NYPD cops turned out Wednesday to protest New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appearance at the 2020 Democratic primary debate, calling on him to get back to the Big Apple, negotiate with the men and women in blue, and “finish the job that he ran for.”
“Can’t run the city, can’t run the country,” roughly 20 New York officers chanted outside the Fox Theatre in Detroit, where Hizzoner will face off against nine rivals at the second night of primary debates Wednesday. They also carried signs accusing him of failing to help homeless New Yorkers, cutting city workers’ health care and putting “working people last.”
“Mayor de Blasio,” they chanted. “No friend of labor!”
The de Blasio campaign declined to comment.
The cops, who traveled from New York, told Fox News that they had been out of contract for almost two years with no raise to speak of, and that de Blasio wanted to give them raises that were well below inflation. The protest was organized by the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) which represents 24,000 rank-and-file officers.
Bill de Blasio was also heckled by progressives inside the debate hall, right after his opening statement. Some viewers though Cory Booker was being heckled but it was actually de Blasio:
De Blasio getting heckled in his opening statement very on brand
— TA (@talter) August 1, 2019
De Blasio may finally have gotten the breakout moment of his presidential campaign: getting heckled repeatedly during a national televised debate by protesters calling for him to fire the NYPD officer who put a man into a fatal chokehold during his first year as mayor.
— Anna Sanders (@AnnaESanders) August 1, 2019
Corey Booker opening statement interrupted by protesters chanting "Fire Pantaleo!" It's a reference to the NYPD officer involved in the Eric Garner killing. There was similar chants during de Blasio's opening but not quite as loud.
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) August 1, 2019
How long before de Blasio drops out?