Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (pictured above) announced on Monday that he's mandating new rules forcing private sector employers to require their workers to get COVID shots. Meanwhile, anyone in the city 12 or older must show proof of vaccination to eat indoors at a restaurant, go to a gym, or see a show – and children ages 5 to 11 will have to show proof of at least one shot.
De Blasio called it a "preemptive strike" to stop further growth of COVID "and the dangers it's causing to all of us."
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"One of the things that the mayor is probably trying to do here is to put pressure on the parents and the non-workers who have children. This is one of the ways to get them to inject their children."
"The other thing [he's doing is] putting pressure on parents from their children. In other words, [pressure] from their older children who want to go out and do things that are fun – and suddenly they won't be able to do that if their parents refuse to inject them."
"Children have no idea what is in this injection or how it may impact them or how many of them could end up with permanent heart disease … that will impact what they can do and whether they can be in any sport or what it means for their lifetime. So, for Mayor de Blasio to use children as the way to accomplish this unethical, immoral, and unconstitutional mandate is wrong."
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During an appearance on "The Todd Starnes Show," author and television personality Monica Crowley reacted to the mayor's announcement.
"I'm sure that the incoming mayor, Eric Adams, just loves the fact that the outgoing mayor … is inflicting this lawless diktat on him and his incoming administration as well as New Yorkers who are still struggling in large part to come back," she stated sarcastically. "Certainly, small businesses are."
Kathryn Wylde, head of the business-minded group Partnership for NYC, admits she was "blindsided" by the mayor's announcement. "There's no forewarning, no discussion, no idea about whether it's legal or who he expects to enforce it," said Wylde in a New York Post article. "There's been no consultation."
Wylde went on to say that it is "unclear by what authority the mayor is doing this" – but Crowley offered a guess.
"He's been on a Marxist jihad to transform the city, which he looked at as his own little fiefdom to do this Marxist experiment," said Crowley. "This [requirement for private sector employers] is going to further depress New York City's economy, one where New York has a 10% unemployment rate. But de Blasio doesn't care because he's on an intellectual and ideological jihad for socialism."
Crowley expressed hope that incoming Mayor Eric Adams rolls back a lot of what de Blasio has done.
"The new mayor has got to bring back the economy by doing what he can to reduce tax rates and make it far more business-friendly – and [he's got to address] public safety, because if people don't feel safe walking down the street then there is going to be no economic comeback," said Crowley.
"Eric Adams is a smart guy and I just hope that he's got enough in him, enough strength, to push back on the far left because they're going to bring an incredible amount of pressure to bear on him."
The policy is scheduled to go into effect on December 27, just days before de Blasio leaves office at midnight on New Year's Eve.