In a tweet right out of Nazi Germany, New York City’s far-left mayor, Bill de Blasio, is blaming the Jews for spreading coronavirus.
On Tuesday night, de Blasio wrote: “My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple. The time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”
More than 1 million Jews live in New York City–one of the largest Jewish diasporas outside of Israel.
The startling tweet comes after de Blasio personally ordered a large Orthodox Jewish funeral in Brooklyn to be broken up by police.
De Blasio’s words attracted tremendous backlash from across the aisle–including one of his colleagues, Democratic New York City Councilman Kalman Yeger, who tweeted, “Mr. Mayor, your words are unacceptable. To condemn our entire community over one group of people is something you would not do to any other ethnic group, and I know you long enough to know that you know this.”
On Wednesday afternoon, de Blasio issued a formal apology for how his words were taken, but stood by the overall sentiment.
“I regret if the way I said it in any way gave people a feeling of being treated the wrong way, that was not my intention,” de Blasio said. “It was said with love, but it was tough love.”