Though he campaigned as a different kind of Democrat than his predecessor, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has turned out to be a clone of former Mayor Bill de Blasio when it comes to hypocritical public policy.
Adams has just signed a measure that exempts the city’s professional sports teams as well as performers on Broadway and elsewhere from New York’s vaccine mandate for public employees and some private-sector workers as well.
The New York Post reported that Adams “exempted the city’s athletes and performers from the Big Apple’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Thursday following weeks of pressure after it kept Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving from playing in home games — and was expected to block some baseball players from taking the field next month.”
Speaking at Citi Field and joined by executives of both the Mets and Yankees, Mayor Hypocrite said that he signed the order and that it takes effect immediately.
“Being healthy is not just about being physically healthy, but being economically healthy,” he said in excusing his grotesque action in the face of legitimate criticism that his order was basically a sop to the millionaire athlete and performer elite in the city.
“I’m going to make some tough choices. People are not going to agree with some of them. I must move this city forward,” said the former NYPD captain. “Generals lead from the front. I was not elected to be fearful, but to be fearless.”
Chances are good Adams was elected to be fair, too, but so much for that.
“In addition to exempting professional athletes and performing artists, Adams’ executive order covers the arenas, stadiums, concert halls and theaters where they ply their trades — down to the smallest Greenwich Village jazz club or Brooklyn music bar,” The Post added.
That said, not all performance venues are on board with His Hypocrisy’s vaccine leniency.
Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, said, “Broadway theatres anticipate no change in our protocols based on this announcement.”
“We continue to evaluate our COVID safety protocols for audiences, cast and crew, in concert with our unions and medical experts,” St. Martin added.
It should be noted that the city’s broad vaccine mandate led to the dismissal of more than 1,400 employees. It still applies to city workers and private-sector employees in many venues. Adams has also said he has no plans to re-hire any of those workers because the issued had been litigated already (in the city’s left-wing, Democrat-dominated courts).
Adams said he expected criticism but he excused his actions by claiming that “the city has to function” and is heavily reliant on the tourism industry.
“We’re leading the entire country, for the most part, in unemployment,” he said. “We’re seeing unbelievable vacancies in our business district.”
He also said a carve-out in de Blasio’s mandate that exempted visiting sports teams was not fair to New York-based sports teams whose athletes, apparently, are unable to catch the virus, unlike the unwashed masses on the city’s payroll and in private businesses.
But here’s the thing: New Yorkers continue voting for these massive hypocrites, so it’s really hard to feel sorry for them. We continue to hold out hope that someday, they will be able to equate bad political, cultural, and social outcomes with the Democratic politicians and leaders who implement them.