Democratic consultant Mark Penn slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for traveling to Hamburg, Germany to join a protest against President Trump. In doing so, de Blasio turned his back on the funeral of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed in the Bronx killed the day before he left.
“I was stunned, given that the police officer was assassinated, not to really be with the police, not to really be at the funeral. Maybe he is going to come back in time [for the funeral],” Penn said in a radio interview with New York’s John Catsimatidis on Sunday.
A spokesman for the mayor reportedly said the trip would not conflict with the officer’s funeral and De Blasio is scheduled to return to New York on Sunday.
“If he doesn’t, it is just unheard of for a New York mayor instead to go off to talk to a German socialist group. It is unbelievable,” said Penn.
Penn noted that he thinks the Democratic Party, as well as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y), are leaning too far to the left these days.
“As someone who also knew him all the way from the beginning, I’ve been a little surprised [at Schumer],” Penn said, adding that people have noticed “that the left and the activists have more and more power.”
Observing that leftist policies cause regular Americans to feel “disconnected from the Democratic Party” and “left behind,” Penn stated, “I am for the Democratic Party to move back to the center. The center is where America is.”
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