Last week, during a photo op in Whitestone to announce a $16 million plan to repair sidewalks damaged by tree roots, Mayor de Blasio was confronted by 63-year-old Vickie Paladino, who demanded to know why de Blasio made a surprise trip to Germany the same week that Officer Miosotis Familia was assassinated in her patrol car.
“Why did you protest against our country in Germany?” Paladino demanded of the mayor. Video of her confrontation with the mayor was posted to Facebook.
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“I wanna know why you let your police officers down and our country down by going to Germany and protesting against our country! I wanna know why you’re doing that!” Paladino yelled at an unresponsive de Blasio.
“I don’t care about the trees, we’ll work it out. Find eighteen million dollars to put in your cops’ pockets! OK, and pay your police officers! And stop spending it on money to go protest against our country!”
de Blasio, refusing to answer her, simply walked away.
Paladino’s protest was spontaneous, she told reporters on the scene.
“My message to the mayor is simply this: I was driving by, I saw the mayor, I said to my husband ‘pull the car over’, because I’ve had it with de Blasio. I’ve had it with the way he’s running this city,” Paladino said. “Everybody’s had it with de Blasio, I don’t think he has a friend in the city,” she said.
“But as far as I go, and our Queens constituents go, which are basically Republican – but that doesn’t matter because it’s got nothing to do with party lines. This has got all about to do with a liberal, socialist mayor who is running our city and has no regard for our country.”
“So my simple question to the mayor was this: ‘Why are you here talking about eighteen million dollars to correct sidewalks and to prune trees ... our tax dollars paid for this mayor to go to Germany to protest against our country, OK? That eighteen million dollars that he wants to spend on trimming trees? Let him put it in our police officers’ pockets. Let him take care of that police officer that was assassinated that he chose, that particular day, without telling a soul that he was leaving to go to Germany?”
“He ran away!”