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Bill de Blasio Blasted for Claiming Anti-Semitism is a “Right Wing Movement”

Bill de Blasio Blasted for Claiming Anti-Semitism is a “Right Wing Movement”

In falsely blaming “right wing” anti-Semitism for the rise in attacks against NYC’s Jewish community, contrary to the evidence, de Blasio has shamefully placed his national political ambitions ahead of his sworn duty as mayor to protect the people in his own back yard.

New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio (D) is facing a wave of criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike over absurd and easily disprovable claims about anti-Semitism he made Tuesday at a press conference on the rise of hate crimes in NYC.

The New York Post reports:

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that anti-Semitism is a “right-wing movement” — while rejecting a claim that the left plays any role in discriminating against Jews.

“I think the ideological movement that is anti-Semitic is the right-wing movement,” de Blasio said at a Brooklyn press conference Tuesday about the increase of hate crimes in New York City. Hate crimes against all minority groups are up 64% compared to this time last year. Anti-Semitic incidents have spiked by 90%.

De Blasio said he did not agree with a claim by a reporter that there is also rising anti-Semitism “on the left in the BDS movement and around the world.” The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a largely left-wing campaign to ban Israeli products.

“I want to be very, very clear, the violent threat, the threat that is ideological is very much from the right,” de Blasio said, adding that the perpetrators trace their history back to Nazism and fascism.

I set the video to start at the BDS question, which led to de Blasio’s answer.

Oh, he was “very, very clear” alright. Very wrong.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, a Jewish Democrat from Brooklyn, did not buy what de Blasio attempted to sell. “I don’t agree with the mayor. I have not seen any white supremacists coming in here committing these hate crimes,” he told the Post.

He repeated his comments on Twitter Wednesday:

“Bill de Blasio regularly says stupid things, but this is literally the stupidest effing thing he’s ever said,” Councilman Joe Borelli, a Republican, said according to the Post. Borelli, per the Post, also suggested that it was clear by where the attacks were happening in Brooklyn that these couldn’t have been “right wing” crimes unless you believed the area was a haven for conservative Republicans (it’s not).

Borelli and Deutsch are touching on a crucial point on this issue that de Blasio wants everyone to ignore. Why? The rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes is mostly an issue of African-American perpetrators attacking Jewish people, and that inconvenient fact destroys local and national political narratives that the mayor would like to craft about what’s happening in his city.

Mayor de Blasio, like the Democratic party nationally, would love nothing more than for everyone to believe President Trump is to blame for the alarming hate crime rise in the city. In doing so, it sets de Blasio up as the hero swooping in to save the Jewish community from Trump, who he paints as the villain (sound familiar?).

The reality of the situation is very different from the way the mayor portrays it, however, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller:

In a recent spate of hate crime attacks on Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, virtually all the perpetrators have been African-American, according to local activists, elected officials, and victims.


For example, District Leader Geoffrey Davis, an elected official in New York’s 43rd assembly district, said the attacks are due to black racism against Jews. Davis, who is African-American, called the violence “a misplaced anger by black people who have a tendency of lashing out at Jewish people under the assumption that they are creating havoc in our community — which they are not.”

Nonetheless, one Hasidic hate-crime victim said all three of his attackers were African-American. Mendy, a Crown Heights resident who asked that his last name not be used, described walking down the street late at night when a black man punched him in the face “quite hard” and ran off with two other men.


The racial makeup of the perpetrators of the hate crimes does not appear in question. For example, City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who represents part of Brooklyn, confirmed that most of the Crown Heights attacks were by African-Americans, and community activist Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, director of Operation Survival, said that of at least two dozen cases of anti-Hasidic attacks he’s aware of in the last year, all but two were by blacks. (The other two were by people of indeterminate race.) Behrman complained that the media blames the spike in hate crimes “on the far right” whereas locally people understand the attacks in the local context.

As to de Blasio’s belief that anti-Semitism is not on the rise in the Democratic party, Jewish Democrat and former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind took to the Twitter machine Wednesday to tell the mayor – and the Democratic party on the whole – to get real:

Hikind is right. Contra to de Blasio’s claims, the rise of anti-Semitism in the Democratic party is genuine. We’ve seen it with the election to and the party-wide embrace of two new Democratic members of the U.S. House who have made no secret of their support for the anti-Israel BDS movement, and who routinely spout anti-Semitic tropes and associate with anti-Semitic figures.

And speaking of associating with anti-Semitic figures, there’s also the issue of the Congressional Black Caucus and their longtime close association with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Also, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) formed a disturbing political alliance in February with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose anti-Semitic history has been well-documented here at Legal Insurrection.

There are many more examples, but you get the point.

Strangely enough, de Blasio sang a different tune on the right and left wing anti-Semitism back in November. Watch below as he acknowledges it happens on both sides:

While the context of his remarks is unclear, what is clear is that several things have happened since the media filmed the video that likely caused de Blasio to flip flop on the issue: the election of Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) to Congress. Violent attacks on Jews – mostly by African-American men – began to spike. De Blasio announced his presidential candidacy.

It would appear from de Blasio’s calculated stances over the last month that his presidential ambitions have put him in the position of siding with national Democrats who have largely turned a blind eye to the rising anti-Semitism within their ranks and pretend that Trump and right-wing Republicans are to blame for anti-Semitism in America.

In addition to that, de Blasio is blatantly dishonest with Jewish Democrats and Republicans alike in NYC by refusing to acknowledge that the dramatic spike in anti-Semitic attacks in the city this year stems from crimes committed by African-American men and not white perps yelling “this is MAGA country!”

The city’s Jewish residents are genuinely seeking solutions to these problems because they want to keep their families and communities safe. De Blasio, on the other hand, is playing a hazardous game of political football in trying to turn the issue into Trump vs. de Blasio because he wants to get elected president.

After de Blasio announced his candidacy last month, Trump tweeted that the mayor was “considered the worst mayor in the U.S.” I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but in light of the con he’s trying to pull on New York City’s Jewish community, de Blasio definitely should be a serious contender for that distinction.

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Meanwhile, secular Jews are behaving like Pinnochio’s girlfriend when she is in the throws of passion shouting, “Lie to me! Yes! Lie to me!”

harleycowboy | June 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

Sometimes I think liberals are having a contest to see who can make the most ridiculous statement with a straight face.

“Fake news” media dutifully reporting stupid things that certain stupid people say is the very essence of fake news.

Wow. Do they come any dumber than DeCommie-io?

JusticeDelivered | June 6, 2019 at 11:56 am

It is interesting that two of the dullest groups unite in anti semitism, blacks and Muslims. Both average a full two standard deviations lower intelligence that Jews. One group was left behind by evolution, while the other group’s dullness appears to be mostly due to inbreeding.

The far right in every society is anarchist/totalitarian (the left-right nexus). The American right is libertarian. The American center is conservative. Show us the principles. Stop indulging diversitist thought (i.e. color judgments).


De Blasio is right it comes from the Demoncratic Left and the Democratic Socialists!

Nothing annoys me more than this continued trope that both the Left and the Right are anti-Semitic with nothing could be further from the truth. The idea that Neo-Nazi Right Wingers have any influence in our country is ridiculous and stupid. Nazis and White Supremacists are almost none existent in our culture!

    n.n in reply to Merlin01. | June 6, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Diversity is not tolerated in The Constitution. The Pro-Choice quasi-religion (e.g. selective-Jew… child, recycled-Jew… child, wicked solution) is antithetical to the center’s philosophy and an unprincipled attribution to the right. Jew… White privilege, witch hunts, and warlock trials, are progressive artifacts of a liberal age that is resistant to change.

IneedAhaircut | June 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Libs also tried to hang the anti-vax movement on conservatives, claiming it was a bunch of ignorant Trump fans not getting their kids vaccinated. When someone pointed out that a bunch of top Hollywood celebrities were promoting the anti-vax movement, suddenly the criticisms stopped.

    Vaccines are not a magical elixir, with certain performance (e.g. so-called “herd immunity”), and without collateral damage. They are immune system primers and part of a risk management protocol. If there are people resistant to general distribution of vaccines, then they are scientifically literate. If there are people resistant to vaccines in principle, then they need to reassess the risks not limited (e.g. ineligible candidates) to themselves.

    I think you’ll find a significant subset of conservatives and libertarians who feel the government should not meddle in healthcare. Remember there’s no such thing as settled science. Once we believed bloodsucking leaches were a good idea. Be careful that you don’t fall for appeals to authority, without considering the bias of the supposed authority.

What kind of a shit-hole elects a clown like this as it’s mayor?

    rdmdawg in reply to Paul. | June 7, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Indeed, I say ‘suffer’. His approval is at 8%. Astonishing how people can vote for this guy and expect anything other than what he’s delivered.

ScottTheEngineer | June 6, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Interesting. Wikipedia changed the definition of nazism. Last time I looked there was no mention of National Socialism. We call them Democrats today.

    paracelsus in reply to ScottTheEngineer. | June 7, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    On a number of topics that Wikipedia defines, I might agree with you but:
    “National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), more commonly known as Nazism (/ˈnɑːtsiɪzəm, ˈnæt-/),[1] is the ideology and practices associated with the Nazi Party—officially the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP)—in Nazi Germany, and of other far-right groups with similar aims.”
    straight from the Wikipedia site

A stone cold loser of the first order.

NYC has bigger issues ..

The city began seizing 46 ice cream trucks Wednesday in “Operation Meltdown” after operators violated traffic laws and then evaded fines for nearly a decade, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news release.

As the operators were handing out popsicles from 2009 to 2017 they also were racking up 22,000 summonses and nearly $4.5 million in fines for traffic violations, the city said. The operators had been cited for running red lights, parking near fire hydrants and blocking cross walks, among other things, the news release said.

“Fake news” media dutifully reporting stupid things that certain stupid people say “that is swallowed up by other stupid people as gospel” is the very essence of fake news.

There. Fixed.

Racism against Jews is almost single handedly a liberal trait…as is rape, fraud, violence, political killings abd racism in general etc.

Albigensian | June 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm

The difference is that anti-Semitism is becoming mainstream on the Left while mostly remaining on the lunatic fringe of the Right.

That’s not the way it’s been historically, but that’s the way it looks from 2019.

What a friggin’ blow hard that jerk is …

After clinton and obama, the left is so used to projecting their own evil onto opposiion and getting away with it, they fail to see how clownish they appear in the attempt. And evil.

Just another left-wing liar.