New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to have something against people who aren’t poor or living “on the margins” and could end up dividing the city, according to Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.
“Whether you are a conservative or a liberal, you can choose, as a leader, to be a uniter or a divider,” Noonan wrote Thursday, a day after the Democrat was sworn in to replace Michael Bloomberg.
“Mr. de Blasio seems very much the latter. He is on the side of the poor and the marginalized, which is good, but he took every opportunity to jab at those who are not poor and don’t live on the margins.”
Noonan pointed out that Bloomberg, an independent who served 12 years in office, and former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served 1994-2001, were both tough leaders who helped bring the city through some hard years that included the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, near bankruptcy, labor unrest, and high crime rates.
Giuliani, she said, worked to stabilize the city and get the criminals off the street, and he left behind a “safer, more prosperous city.”
“Love him or hate him,” she wrote, “he showed what a leader looked like” after the terrorist attacks.