Mayor Bill De Blasio to Shut Down New York City Just in Time for Election
As America continues to see the virus recede and the country recovers, Democrats are proving that we were right about them all along. They’re increasing government lockdowns even though the impact of the virus is much lower than it was throughout the summer. Nowhere is this more disturbing than in New York City.
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio just announced his intention to institute a draconian lockdown in 11 zip codes in New York City. The locations are primarily in Queens and the Bronx. He said that it is because the virus is looking like it did in April, and all of these zip codes are showing infection rates above three percent. He didn’t say how long the lockdowns would be, but he did admit that they would affect roughly 500,000 people. These are lockdowns that close non-essential businesses and issue shelter-in-place orders.
In defense of the new shut down, Mayor De Blasio offered this rationalization: nothing.
De Blasio didn’t list infection thresholds that he was setting as a guideline. He didn’t offer a timeline. He didn’t even really say why he was doing it. The only citation he offered was a three-percent infection rate — which is lower than the national rate of 4.6 percent. He’s just shutting down New York City, proving what we all suspected. Now that Democrats in positions of power know they can do this, and get away with it, they’ll abuse it how and when they like.
Remember Bill De Blasio was running to be the next president of the United States just a few short months ago. He wanted to be put in charge of all of us. He loved the power and fame he gained so much by being NYC’s mayor, that he wanted to expand his powers to include all of the U.S.
Looking at the facts only, De Blasio’s new lockdowns don’t make sense. New York City has seen an uptick in infection rates, that much is true. That uptick started in late September, and daily new infections have risen around 50 percent from where they were in late August. That sounds pretty scary until you compare it to what New York has already seen.
At the peak in April, they were having more than 10,000 new infections every day. Right now, they’re at about a tenth of that, and New York never ran out of hospital beds in April.
It’s also important to understand that the new uptick has already plateaued. Anyone who can add can see that this is a small change and not the runaway infection rates we saw before. Runaway cases like that are literally impossible in New York because at least 20 percent of the population has tested as immune to the virus.
This isn’t about COVID-19. In fact, no one would be surprised if De Blasio was cooking the numbers just to get this lockdown.
Why is he so intent on locking down his citizens for a second time? This is about elections. The country is rebounding from the virus and the lockdowns much faster than anyone anticipated. The damage hasn’t been severe enough to guarantee a Joe Biden victory in the upcoming election. Most polls show Trump and Biden still within a couple points of each other. For context, Donald Trump was only 4 points behind Hillary the day before the 2016 election. So, De Blasio is going to shut down his city. He’s going to destroy more jobs and lives so that people believe they need his socialist programs. He’s going to try to terrify everyone out of voting in person so the Democrats can continue to push their bunk mail-in voting system.
He’s bringing unjustifiable, direct harm to his people to try and manipulate an election, and if Joe Biden wins next month he won’t be the only Democrat to do so.