Rudy Giuliani said Mayor Bill de Blasio should resign or be removed from office for failing to stop the violence and looting that has engulfed New York City during protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of cops in Minneapolis.
“Gov. Cuomo should remove Mayor diBlasio (sic). He is preventing the NYPD from taking the actions that have prevented riots in the past,” Giuliani, the former Republican mayor, prosecutor and current legal adviser to President Trump said in a series of tweets Tuesday.
Giuliani cited a critical 600-page, 1993 state report following the racially tinged riots in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, which laid out recommendations on how the NYPD could repel violent disturbances. The report was written by criminal justice officials in the administration of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, the late father of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo on Tuesday also blasted de Blasio and the NYPD for being unprepared for the looting and violence.
Giuliani said the the Crown Heights report “helped me prevent riots under circumstances of long protests with many attempts to turn them violent.”
“The Mayor in NYC has lost control of the mob and of the city,” Giuliani said.
“Mayor de Blasio needs to step down. He is incompetent. We are losing a tremendous amount of property. We are seeing people damaged and hurt,” he wrote. “Pretty soon, we’re going to lose lives if this man doesn’t get out of the way and let someone activate the police department!”
Giuliani also claimed de Blasio accused the NYPD of taking “excessive action” and has made cops “punching bags.”
“The Mayor is preventing the NYPD to take the actions necessary to stop brutal attacks on police and citizens,” he said.
The mayor’s office had no immediate comment on Giuliani’s broadsides. But de Blasio generally addressed anticipated criticism about the protests and looting during his press briefing Tuesday.
“A lot of people are going to say things that are really unhelpful, that are not about the interests of New Yorkers. A lot of people are going to try and divide us. Turn one type of New Yorker against another type of New Yorker. I won’t stand for that,” the mayor said.
He admitted the looting was unacceptable and has to be stopped.
“We had a lot of trouble in some parts of the city … We don’t accept that. We’re going to fight that. We’re going to fix that,” de Blasio said.
“We saw stuff last night that we will not accept. And we can fight back and we will fight back. I have confidence in the people of New York City. I have confidence in the leaders in communities. I have confidence in the NYPD. There’s a lot of people who will try and express fear. A lot of people will try and tear down. A lot of people will say they don’t believe in the people of this city. They don’t believe in people in our communities. They don’t believe in our police officers. To hell with all of them. I don’t care if they’re left or right or center. I am sick of people attacking the City of New York.”
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