The President is catching criticism for some comments he made during a recent speech in Long Island, after he suggested police arresting MS-13 gang members shouldn’t handle them gently. While that comment drew cheers from the crowd, another, possibly aimed at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, also garnered an enthusiastic response.
The president was speaking about the MS-13 gang, noting how they’ve been able to infiltrate neighborhoods.
“They’re there right now because of weak political leadership, weak leadership, weak policing and in many cases, because police weren’t allowed to do their job,” Trump said. “I’ve met police, that are great police, that aren’t allowed to do their job, because they have a pathetic mayor, or a mayor that doesn’t know what’s going on.”
Police cadets gathered at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood applauded and whistled, while the president paused and nodded his head.
With a smirk and a head shake, he added, “Were you applauding for someone in particular? It’s sad. It’s sad.”
Trump appears to go after Bill de Blasio in his speech, saying police in New York City can’t do their job because of a “pathetic mayor” pic.twitter.com/ygfxJXJBvH
— POLITICO (@politico) July 28, 2017
Some have speculated that Trump was making a veiled reference to New York Mayor Bill De Blasio. Politico Tweeted: “Trump appears to go after Bill de Blasio in his speech, saying police in New York City can’t do their job because of a ‘pathetic mayor.'”
Other Twitter users voiced their opinions, too. A sampling follows:
— Cathy O’Dell Town (@youlivethrice) July 28, 2017
— Israel News Links (@IsraelNewsLinks) July 28, 2017
— 🇺🇸Americanism gab.ai (@beveridge) July 28, 2017
President trump indirectly refered 2 NYC myr Deblasio as pathetic. I totally agree.
— jorge burgos jr (@jorgejr44) July 28, 2017
NYC police officers turn their back on Bill Deblasio. When Trump walks into a room and in Brentwood, Long Island he gets a standing ovation.
— Lonman (@Lonman06) July 28, 2017
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