A week ago, President Obama publicly threw his support to Bill de Blazio (shown in suit), the Democratic Party candidate for New York City mayor, joining Hollywood activists Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte — along with Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and a host of veteran “Progressives” who are endorsing the former NYC councilman and public advocate.
On the same day that President Obama announced his endorsement (September 23), the New York Times published an extensive investigation of de Blasio’s radical Marxist background, focusing particularly on his devotion to the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. De Blasio also has been a big supporter of Cuba’s communist dictator Fidel Castro and Zimbabwe’s murderous kleptocrat Robert Mugabe. He also expressed his support for “democratic socialism.”
Nevertheless, in his endorsement of de Blasio, President Obama declared: “Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City, and it’s why he will be a great mayor of America’s largest city.” He further averred that “Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.”
The New York Times should, perhaps, be congratulated for “discovering” de Blasio’s radical past and making it more widely known, but it would be interesting to read transcript’s of the Times’ editorial discussions and e-mails explaining why they did not publish this damaging material until after de Blasio had won the Democratic primary and, essentially, sewn up the mayoral race. The Times itself, of course, was on the same page with de Blasio and most other communists, Marxists, and leftists of varying stripes in supporting the Sandinistas against Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza, America’s most important ally in Central America, in 1979, in much the same way that the Times also supported the overthrow of the Shah of Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini the same year, and Castro’s overthrow of Batista two decades earlier.
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