Andrew Yang’s attempt to troll Bill de Blasio backfired on Thursday when the mayoral candidate was kicked out of the mayor’s gym in Park Slope by left-wing protesters before he could even speak.
A dozen protesters holding signs reading “Hedge Fund Mayor”, “Yang = More Cops” and “Don’t Rank Yang” ambush the contractor outside Park Slope Y ahead of a planned press event , leading the candidate to drop the presser about three minutes after your arrival and dive into a nearby metro station.
Progressive protesters – including activists affiliated with left-wing groups Our City PAC New York Communities for Change and Alliance for Quality Education – shouted, “Don’t rank Yang! “,” Mayor of the hedge fund! and “No more cops!” to the hope of the centrist mayor, who made an unsuccessful attempt to engage with them.
“I just wanted to recognize them and say hello to them, really,” Compound Yang said when asked why he bothered to try talking to the agitators.
But his friendly approach to the protesters at Park Slope did not work, and the candidate fled the aborted press conference via the 9th Street subway station, where protesters continued chanting Yang for a few minutes from the ground.
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Yang’s press conference outside the Park Slope YMCA – where before the pandemic Blasio quietly went in the late morning – was meant to be a symbolic blow to the mayor’s habits, the former executive said. 46-year-old test preparation company.
“We thought it would kind of be a reference to the current mayor, and some of the feelings people have about the need for change and a different approach,” Yang told reporters.
“It was a reference to the frustration that a lot of people feel with the administration and politics as usual and as usual,” he added. “We have to make a change.”
In response to the hijacking of the press conference, Yang’s campaign hinted that rival Scott Stringer, the city’s comptroller, has raised the protesters to the height of the disruption.
“Andrew doesn’t think we should fund the NYPD at a time when gun violence is skyrocketing – Scott Stringer’s campaign has found the 7 people in Brooklyn who disagree in a desperate attempt to deflect attention of his failed campaign, ”said campaign spokesperson Jake Sporn.
A spokesperson for Stringer denied that the protest was carried out at the request of the leftist candidate.
“We had nothing to do with Andrew’s issues – they were entirely on his own initiative,” campaign spokesman Tyrone Stevens said.
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“Now that New Yorkers know about his drawbacks and gimmicks and turn on him, he’s making a stupid, sorry apology.”
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