President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who served as the 107th Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, attacked current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday after a stabbing took place at a rabbi’s home on the seventh night of Hanukkah.
At around 10 p.m. ET on Saturday night, a man wielding a blade stabbed five people at a home in Monsey, New York during a Hanukkah celebration in what New York City’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has labelled an act of “domestic terrorism.” The suspect, Grafton Thomas, 37, was arrested roughly two hours later by the NYPD in Manhattan. The victims were immediately transported to nearby hospitals.
In response to the incident, Giuliani blamed de Blasio for allegedly failing to adequately address the rise of anti-Semitism violence in the city. “The rise in anti-Semitic violence in NYC is something that could have been stopped at a much earlier stage if the City had a Mayor who embraced the Broken Windows Theory, or at the least, a Mayor who worked full time & paid attention to what was going on,” he tweeted.
After his arrest, Thomas was charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary on Sunday. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts and was ordered to be held on $5 million bail. Although the victims’ conditions have not yet been released, Michael Specht, who supervises the town of Ramapo, revealed that one of the victims was “seriously hurt.”
Cuomo said the tragic incident was at least the 13th anti-Semitism occurance in the area over the past month. “This is intolerance meets ignorance meets illegality,” the Democratic NY governor said. “This is an intolerant time in this country. We see anger and we see hatred exploding. It is an American cancer in the body politic.”
In September, de Blasio ended his long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination four months after his campaign was launched. Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the mayor admitted that it was “clearly” not his time. “I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic party that stands for working people,” he said.
Trump condemned the stabbing attack in a tweet on Sunday. “The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific,” the president tweeted. “We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.”