New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is furious over Amazon's decision to abandon plans for building a new campus in his city and is directing his ire at fellow progressives — including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) — who see the loss as a victory.
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Amazon announced Thursday that it was scrapping its New York HQ2, blaming hostility from state and local politicians. The move shocked officials, drawing reactions ranging from fury to cheering.
Progressive firebrand and freshman congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the tech giant's withdrawal, saying she thought it was "incredible" and gloating on Twitter that "everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed."
Reacting on WNYC-FM Friday morning, de Blasio slammed fellow Democrats who saw Amazon's retreat as a victory.
"As a progressive my entire life — and I ain't changing — I'll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it's a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that's out of touch with what working people want," he said.
"I came up watching the mistakes of progressives of the past, unfortunately what happened in this city when it almost went to bankruptcy in the 1970s," De Blasio continued. "I saw all the times progressives did not show people effective governance and all the times progressives made the kinds of mistakes that alienated working people."
The mayor added, "Working people are very smart and very discerning. They want jobs, they want revenue, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them. They understand they have to be paid for."
In spite of boycotting the company himself, de Blasio was a fervent supporter of the Amazon deal, saying it would bring 25,000 jobs to New York City.
Mayor de Blasio's criticism didn't appear to have an impact on Ocasio-Cortez, who continued to slam the Amazon deal on Friday. On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez questioned the projected job numbers and criticized the tech firm for refusing "to even consider hiring union" workers.