Video: Trump slams ‘pathetic mayor’ in Long Island speech

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.”

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:

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