New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to participate in a protest rally in Hamburg, Germany, during the gathering of the Group of 20 drew sharp criticism back home from conservatives who denounced him for caring more about his feud with President Trump than his hometown.
De Blasio was the keynote speaker Saturday for an organization called Hamburg Shows Attitude and opened his talk with a spirited defense of the right to protest. “In America, we have a phrase we like to use: This is what democracy looks like.’’
The criticism of the mayor came from mostly Trump supporters, including the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., as well as from Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican who is challenging De Blasio for the mayor’s seat in November. She blasted him for abandoning the city with a photoshopped tweet of the mayor (who is of German and Italian heritage) behind a plate of German wursts.