Pointing to Donald Trump’s recent comments on abortion and controversial appointment of an extremist right favorite to the White House, Mayor de Blasio on Monday urged all Americans to continue protesting the President-elect.
De Blasio, speaking after days of roiling protests against the country’s yet-to-be-sworn-in 45th president have sprung up in New York and other cities, said resistance is necessary, especially since Trump is likely to lose the popular vote — and therefore doesn’t have a mandate to rule.
“We have to recognize that all over this country, the more disruption that’s caused peacefully … the more it will change the trajectory of things,” said de Blasio in an interview with Hot 97 radio.
Last week, the mayor took a more muted tone in regards to Trump, saying that he hopes he’ll remember the “lessons” of inclusion he learned as a native New Yorker.
But since then, he’s ramped up his rhetoric, including vowing to protest any federal government plans to deport undocumented New Yorkers.
Speaking one day after Trump’s “60 Minutes” sitdown, de Blasio said the President-elect’s comments on appointing anti-abortion Supreme Court justices and his selection of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist are concerning.
Of Bannon — the head of incendiary website Breitbart — de Blasio said, “An organization that’s been closely linked to white supremacists is going to have a representative in the White House.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Bannon “the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill.”
De Blasio said, “We need to hold Trump accountable for anything he does that encourages hate and division … The more extreme he is, the more people fight back, the more it takes away his power.”
The mayor also said that Trump’s comments on the campaign trail about stepping up stop and frisk wouldn’t happen in New York as long as he’s mayor.
“That’s not going to happen on my watch,” the mayor said.