Bill de Blasio, the Democrat nominee for mayor of New York City, leads his Republican rival, Joseph J. Lhota, by more than 40 points, so he is virtually certain to be the next mayor. Now, 12 years after Sept. 11, when New Yorkers were literally throwing themselves out of a building attacked by jihadists, a terror-supporting Marxist is a shoo-in for Gracie Mansion.
It seems as if New York is a victim of Giuliani’s great success in preventing the continual pursuit of the jihad against the most desirable target of the Muslim world, New York City. Giuliani’s policies were followed, in a rare example of good sense, by his successor, Michael Bloomberg, in his unwavering support of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. De Blasio is living off the successes of Republican terror policies.
Bill de Blasio plans that he will not allow surveillance of jihadi suspects and terror mosques. This, although two New Yorkers were charged with plotting jihad terror attacks in the last week. And since Sept. 11, there have been plots against the Brooklyn Bridge, the subway system, the stock exchange, Citigroup headquarters, the Garment District, the PATH train, JFK airport, Long Island Railroad, synagogues in the Bronx and Manhattan, Times Square and more.
What’s de Blasio’s strategy? The Faisal Shahzad approach? Let’s just hope the bomb doesn’t go off? We see what happens when you cater to Islamic supremacist demands of removing jihad and counterterror programs. The Boston bombing – those people are dead because law enforcement didn’t pursue leads they received, out of fear of offending Muslims. That’s de Blasio’s plan.
Last Thursday, de Blasio met at a “Muslims for de Blasio” rally with Muslim groups that seek to dismantle counterterrorism measures that have kept New York City safe from jihadists. New York is the Muslim terrorists’ most desirable target in the world. De Blasio promised these groups that he would give them what they wanted and end surveillance of mosques and Muslim organizations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. This surveillance is in large part what has prevented another major jihad attack in the city since Sept. 11. So, of course stealth jihadis like “Palestinian” activist and vicious Jew-hater Linda Sarsour want this surveillance ended, and the leftist de Blasio is anxious to accommodate them. Linda Sarsour is an apologist for terror who calls Zionism “racism.” De Blasio happily stood with her at the “Muslims for de Blasio” event.
What’s even more disturbing is that while he is kissing up to Islamic supremacists, de Blasio is criticizing Joe Lhota for visiting a Borough Park synagogue and respecting Jewish law.
De Blasio has a great deal to hide: He has had a number of aliases and name changes. And it’s not surprising that he would want to cover up his past. He’s continuously scrubbing his past. He has aided the brutal communist Sandinistas and “Palestinian” jihadists, although he has scrubbed that from his website. He even supported the bloodthirsty President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
Originally Warren Wilhelm, he was known as Bill Wilhelm during his days at New York University, where he majored in metropolitan studies. Later he changed his legal name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm, and then again to Bill de Blasio. The de Blasio campaign refuses to answer questions about his many name changes.
It was in 1992, when de Blasio worked for the worst mayor this city ever had, David Dinkins, that he began calling himself Bill de Blasio. If Dinkins is any indication of what we can come to expect from a de Blasio administration, if he becomes mayor there will be a mass exodus of producers out of this great city. He has promised a war on the businessman. Even Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on “the rich” – which is really just a dysphemism for anyone who works for a living. De Blasio calls Dinkins a “crime fighter.” Is that the crime fighting we can come to expect under de Blasio? Under Dinkins, New York saw record high levels not only of taxes but of crime, culminating in the cold-blooded murders of Jews on the streets of Brooklyn, with Dinkins doing nothing.
But it’s even worse now, because when Dinkins was mayor, the commercial makeup of the city was varied and diverse. There were so many business sectors. Today, the two largest employers are Wall Street and social services. Without Wall Street, there would be no social services. This, coupled with a 57 percent tax increase for the biggest earners under Obamacare in New York, is the death knell of the city. The fact is, nearly half this city’s job growth has come from health care and social services. Who’s going to pay for it if he kills the businessman?
Giuliani’s economic revival is the proper blueprint for how to address our fiscal challenges. When Giuliani took office, he refused to raise taxes and cut the size of government instead. How long before the golden goose of Wall Street decides, “We can do this anywhere. It’s not essential that we be in New York.”
And speaking of Giuliani, Lhota is his man, and Lhota is a very good man. But the enemedia and the corrupt Democratic machine that is New York City, makes the obvious choice, Lhota, an impossibility.
Even aside from the mystery surrounding his name, what we know about Bill de Blasio is bad enough. He stands by his fervent support for the vicious communist Sandinistas in the 1980s – even the New York Times expressed concern about de Blasio’s communist activism. De Blasio said last week that he could not celebrate Columbus Day, as “there are some troubling things in his history.” Funny, the same can be said of “Bill AKA Warren de Blasio AKA Wilhelm AKA Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm AKA Bill de Blasio.”
De Blasio added regarding Columbus Day: “I don’t know how I feel about that, as an Italian-American.” That was after he was a German-American.
Cliff Kincaid, president of the public policy group America’s Survival Inc., notes that “De Blasio accuses Lhota of hiding his tea-party ties. If Lohta is somehow hiding his tea-party connections, so what? The tea-party people are not terrorists. They simply advocate for fiscal responsibility and our elected officials to live up to their oath to defend the Constitution.” But “de Blasio, who has had three different legal names, omitted his own controversial foreign connections in his official bio and refuses to answer legitimate questions about his past. The real questions are what more and what else is de Blasio hiding?”
De Blasio needs to explain his support for the socialist government of Nicaragua and a honeymoon in Cuba that was so secret that he never told his kids. And his corrupt use of power to undermine the prosecution of unlawful collusion by a “Palestinian” activist with Hamas/Fatah operatives. Newly available documents from his years on the New York City Council show him interfering with the work of the Manhattan district attorney when a New York teacher named Steve Quester was facing prison for working with jihad terrorists in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. Quester called suicide bombers “desperate and hopeless” and said that “all the heartbreak flows directly from Israel’s policy” of “occupying the Palestinian territories.”
De Blasio’s absolute contempt for New Yorkers was made plain when, after days of silence, he said he didn’t know the teacher was an anti-Israel activist. But that was the charge lodged against Quester. De Blasio wants us to believe that he went to extraordinary lengths and he didn’t know what the man did? Really? He goes out on a limb like that for a complete stranger who met with and stood with jihad terrorists in Gaza?
And there’s more. In 2002, de Blasio attended an event honoring Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, even though it was already well known that Mugabe had been murdering dissenters, stealing land and starving his own people. Thirty-six of New York’s 51 City Council members boycotted the event – but not de Blasio.
This is the man who right now looks like a lock to be New York’s next mayor. It is now in our hands – this quixotic task. It’s up to us, and the odds are almost insurmountable. But New York City is the capital of the free world. We must fight for it, regardless of the odds. Join me on Oct. 24 for a press conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania (across from Penn Station), 401 7th Ave, New York, N.Y., 10001, Gold Ballroom, 18th floor, 12:30 – 3 p.m.. Free and open to the public. I will be speaking along with Cliff Kincaid, Joe Connor and Trevor Loudon. We will be exposing the seditious De Blasio and why he must be defeated. We need a proud, patriotic, honest and courageous American in Gracie Mansion – in other words, not Bill de Blasio.