President Donald Trump called on 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) to address the trend of people dousing New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers with water “immediately.”
In a pair of tweets published Thursday afternoon, the president denounced the emerging trend of individuals throwing water on police officers in New York City as a “total disgrace” and “completely unacceptable,” and called on de Blasio — the city’s mayor currently entrenched in a bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination — to “stand up” for the cops and “act immediately.”
“We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace,” tweeted Trump. “It is time for [New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio] to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well.”
“What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated,” continued the president. “Bill de Blasio should act immediately!”
…What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
The president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association Patrick Lynch blamed the “anti-police rhetoric that has been streaming out of City Hall and Albany” and “bad policies” for the attacks, claiming that “the NYPD is frozen.”
“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is frozen,” Lynch told The Washington Post.
“It’s not the fault of these police officers. It’s the end result of the torrent of bad policies and anti-police rhetoric that has been steaming out of City Hall and Albany for years now,” he said, adding, “We are approaching the point of no return.”
De Blasio had condemned the attacks as “completely unacceptable” in his own tweet earlier this week, saying that his administration “won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect.”
Completely unacceptable. A video from the 28 Precinct shows people interfering in an arrest by throwing water and objects at officers. The NYPD kept New Yorkers safe through the heatwave and last night's outages. We won't tolerate this kind of disrespect. NYPD is investigating. https://t.co/3Yg7f0eAs8
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 22, 2019
“Completely unacceptable. A video from the 28 Precinct shows people interfering in an arrest by throwing water and objects at officers,” the New York City mayor wrote. “The NYPD kept New Yorkers safe through the heatwave and last night’s outages. We won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect. NYPD is investigating.”
As IJR Red previously reported, de Blasio claimed that he had improved the relationship between the police in New York City and the community during the first round of the Democratic presidential debates last month, but his assertation was shut down by Lynch, who claimed the “hostile and dangerous environment” that police officers are facing “on the street” was a “direct result of the demonization of cops” by de Blasio.
“The hostile and dangerous environment we now face on the street is a direct result of the demonization of cops by de Blasio and other elected officials,” Lynch wrote in a statement.