New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was clear: do not come to Times Square for New Year’s Eve. Watch it at home on television. In case anyone missed the point, the city erected barricades to keep pedestrians away. The only people who would be allowed downtown would be the performers for the show, along with a few dozen carefully screened front-line workers.
Of course, these rules, which were promulgated by the mayor’s office, apparently did not apply to the mayor himself, whose office actually tweeted out pictures of the mayor dancing with his wife in Times Square, which was eerily deserted due to the mayor’s edict.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) January 1, 2021
The tweet and accompanying video sparked widespread condemnation on social media, where thousands of angry commenters lambasted the mayor for being the latest in a long line of politicians who visibly flaunted the COVID-19 rules that were imposed on the rest of the population.
Celebrations in Times Square for me, but not for thee! pic.twitter.com/IT2yUzMA09
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) January 1, 2021
(Read more from “WATCH: After Barring New Yorkers From Celebrating in Times Square, Mayor De Blasio Celebrates New Year’s by Dancing in Times Square” HERE)