"Hey, progressives, … I'm endorsing, I'm supporting Hillary Clinton enthusiastically, because we have to take on income inequality," Mayor Bill de Blasio said, looking into the TV camera.
By LOUIS FLORES
Appearing on MSNBC, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) announced his endorsement of the presidential campaign of Iraq war hawk Hillary Rodham Clinton by linking her record to his.
"The candidate, who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate, who has the right vision and the right experience and ability to get the job done is Hillary Clinton, and I have seen her vision and platform develop over five months, and I'm extremely pleased what she's put on the table," Mayor de Blasio said.
"This is a very progressive platform," Mayor de Blasio said, referring to Mrs. Clinton's presidential platform, adding that, "I believe she will follow-through on it. I also believe, and I don't think a lot of people doubt this, she has the ability to follow-through on it."
When MNSBC political talk show host Joe Scarborough cast U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) and former U.S. Senator Clinton (D-New York) as defenders of Wall Street interests, Mayor de Blasio, who receives large support from real estate interests, pointed to Mrs. Clinton's former work with the Children's Defense Fund and her unsuccessful healthcare reform effort in 1993-94.
Mayor de Blasio said the whole Democratic Party should support greater progressive taxation, an effort he abandoned when he stopped advocating for the mansion tax he had initially proposed for social service improvements, like the funding of greater access to pre-kinder education for toddlers. Ultimately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) provided sufficient state funding to make greater access to pre-kinder education available in New York City, but by having abandoned his proposed mansion tax proposal, Mayor de Blasio scuttled his own administration's record on embracing greater progressive taxation at the opportunity cost of losing resources that could have provided a revenue stream to pay for permanent housing solutions for the city's runaway crisis in affordable housing and homelessness.
Mayor de Blasio's endorsement of Mrs. Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign followed questions raised by Mr. Scarborough in respect of Mrs. Clinton's flip-flop on the Keystone XL pipeline and the Trans Pacific Partnership, two anti-environmental agendas being sought by corporate special interests. Mr. Scarborough noted that Mrs. Clinton initially supported each, before her support became politically untenable, forcing her to oppose each. When Mr. Scarborough questioned Mrs. Clinton's principles, asking Mayor de Blasio were Mrs. Clinton to become president, would she do make expedient decisions or right decisions, Mayor de Blasio would not directly answer the question. It was one politically-expedient politician defending another.
The run-up to Mayor de Blasio's endorsement announcement was littered with criticisms that he had waited too long. Political reporter Michael Grynbaum characterised Mayor de Blasio's artificial withholding of his support for the Clinton campaign as "drawing public mockery" in a report he filed for The New York Times. In the time before Mayor de Blasio announced his endorsement, his staff would roll their eyes and his allies were left frustrated by Mayor de Blasio's unexplained delay tactics, according to Mr. Grynbaum's report, leaving many to speculate that Mayor de Blasio was trying to find a way to personally politically profit from making the endorsement, according to information obtained by Progress Queens.
If Mrs. Clinton, a former U.S. Secretary of State during President Barack Obama's first term, was counting on Mayor de Blasio's endorsement to fluff her progressive political credentials, she may have miscalculated.
Already in New York City, some of the most visible and mobile activists in leftist political circles have begun to demonstrate against Mayor de Blasio's regressive governmental policies, such as the privatisation of public housing properties, his administration's failed record on addressing homelessness, his vote to support the creation of "Poor Doors" for wealthy real estate developers, and his support for the race-based and neoconservative Broken Windows policing policy. Demonstrations against Mayor de Blasio have included the participation of #BlackLivesMatter movement activists, the same social justice movement whose members are also dogging Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign appearances.
For her own part, Mrs. Clinton has been the subject of scathing criticisms from the LGBT community for false and revisionist statements she has made about the Clinton record on LGBT civil rights, a subject that the media failed to ask Mayor de Blasio to address.
A request for an interview made by Progress Queens to the press office of City Hall about a protest against Mayor de Blasio last week was never answered.
At a protest against Mayor de Blasio on Thursday night, civil rights activist Josmar Trujillo said, "He calls himself progressive," referring to Mayor de Blasio, adding that, "but his policies are aggressive against us," referring to Mayor de Blasio's governmental policies that activists say discriminate against minority communities.
In an interview conducted last week-end with Progress Queens, Pauline Park, an internationally-recognized advocate for transgender civil rights, said of Mrs. Clinton, "Hillary and Bill Clinton have a shameful record of anti-LGBT legislating and actions, and they must be held accountable for it."
Thus far, the full-scope of the regressive records of Mayor de Blasio and Mrs. Clinton haven't seeped into the consciousness of the American public.
Mrs. Clinton voted to authorise former President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq when she was a U.S. Senator from New York, a political calculation she now describes as a mistake, according to a report published by POLITICO.
Despite the neoconservative governmental policy records of each of Mayor de Blasio and Mrs. Clinton, the mainstream media still confers onto them a façade of progressivism. How long the voting public accepts the false progressive narrative driven by the mainstream media is an open question, but a growing number of civil rights activists are speaking frankly about their dissatisfaction with the politically expedient leaders in the Democratic Party.
Already, though, the report by Mr. Grynbaum for The New York Times is notable for lampooning Mayor de Blasio's political charade in respect of his Clinton endorsement. But one article is not indication of a change in direction in the herd mentality often seen in the mainstream media. For example, the political reporters at The New York Times did not report about the large protest against Mayor de Blasio last week, nor did its reporters cover the announcement of growing voter displeasure with Mayor de Blasio, as measured by the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which showed an uptick in the number of voters, who disapprove of the job Mayor de Blasio is doing as mayor.