New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) threatened to remove New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) over his refusal to allow the National Guard to quell the increasing violence in the city.
Cuomo didn’t pull any punches in a Tuesday press briefing, blasting De Blasio’s hesitance to allow outside law enforcement into the city.
“The NYPD and New York City mayor did not do their job last night,” Cuomo said. “I think the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem and the duration of the problem. What happened in NYC was inexcusable.”
Cuomo continued, “My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in an emergency and basically you would have to take over the mayor’s job,” adding, “I don’t think we’re at the point.”
New York City was decimated by rioters on Monday night. Breitbart reported that looters “damaged the flagship Macy’s department store in midtown Manhattan, emptied a Nike store and broke storefront windows near Rockefeller Center.”
De Blasio has been under fire for months due to his poor handling of the coronavirus crisis in his city, only to be hit with fresh accusations of mishandling the rapidly exploding riots threatening to permanently cripple his city.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan fired back that he was “outraged” by Cuomo’s accusation on Tuesday, saying that his officers are “giving their blood” to protect the city from rioters.
“I’m watching my men and women out there dealing with stuff that no cop should ever have to deal with, bricks, bottles, rocks,” he said. “Hit in the face with bottles and continuing to go forward to make an arrest.”
“This leadership team from every angle of this department is out on the streets, working side by side with their men, and for a governor to be sitting in his office saying that we’re not doing a good job — I’m outraged,” Monahan continued.