President Trump rarely misses an opportunity to bash New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and this latest incident is no exception. Earlier this week, video surfaced on social media showing NYPD officers in Brooklyn and Harlem being harassed - doused with water and pelted with projectiles. The video prompted an outraged response from leaders within the department and the patrolmen's union, who blamed Mayor de Blasio's 'soft on crime' policies for emboldening the criminal element.
Some of the men seen in the videos were arrested this week and charged with obstruction of justice.
And on Thursday afternoon, President Trump tweeted saying that what had happened with the NYPD officers was a "total disgrace" and that it was time for de Blasio to "STAND UP" for the NYPD and "those who protect our lives and serve us so all so well..."
Trump added that what happened was "completely unacceptable" and that it would not be tolerated.
He finished by demanding that de Blasio "act immediately" and stand up for the NYPD.
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. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
...What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
De Blasio was initially silent, but tweeted his appreciation for the "speed and professionalism" of New York's finest.
Thank you to New York’s Finest for their speed and professionalism in this arrest.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 24, 2019
We're the safest big city in America thanks to the tireless efforts of our NYPD officers.
We stand with them today and always. https://t.co/bbg0QfBPQ9
The whole incident will be remembered as part of de Blasio's legacy of being soft on crime, as well as his failure to address the city's other endemic problems, like homelessness.