(Fox News) Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio raised eyebrows on Tuesday for his explanation as to why he continues to crack down on religious gatherings while allowing the George Floyd protests amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Following fierce condemnation, the mayor received for repeatedly singling out Jewish communities on social media for not abiding the shutdown guidelines, reporter Reuvain Borchardt from the Jewish newspaper Hamodia pressed de Blasio on his stance of the lockdown as thousands have taken to the streets, some even rioting and looting across the city.
“The retail store owners have been closed for two months… People from attending houses of worship, our regular part of life, have been banned from doing so with more than 10 people. Now you’ve expressed solidarity with this particular protest cause, is that why it’s been given dispensation to disregard epidemic guidelines?” Borchardt asked. “Are we in a pandemic or not? And do we have one set of rules for protesters and another for everyone else?”
“Thank you, you’re a smart guy asking a smart question, but I’m going to tell you that anyone who thinks there’s different rules for different people, again, is not trying very hard to see the reality,” de Blasio responded. “We’re in the middle of a national crisis, a deep-seated national crisis. There is no comparison. I’m sorry, I do feel for the store owners. I really do.”
After explaining the phase rollout of New York City’s reopening, he continued, “When you see a nation, an entire nation simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seeded in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services. This is something that’s not about which side of the spectrum you’re on. It’s about a deep, deep American crisis… Sorry guys, there’s a world outside New York City. So we’re dealing with this.”
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Editors Note. This post was written by Joseph A. Wulfsohn and posted at Fox News. Title changed by PNP News
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