ASKING FOR MECHILA: De Blasio Asks Jewish Community for Forgiveness Over COVID Tweet

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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, now running to represent the 10th District in Congress, is asking Brooklyn’s Jewish community for forgiveness over a tweet he sent out at the height of the Covid pandemic which singled out Orthodox Jews.

“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups,” de Blasio tweeted in April 2020. “This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”

He later expressed regret for the tone of the tweet, saying: “I regret if the way I said it in any way gave people the feeling of being treated the wrong way.”

Now, de Blasio needs the support of Orthodox Jews in the 10th District, which includes a large chunk of Boro Park.

At a meeting this week with Bobover askanim intended to shore up support for his congressional run, de Blasio was asked again about the tweet.

“It was a mistake and I shouldn’t have done it,” de Blasio said. “It was a moment of passion and pain over what was happening in the city.”

The meeting between de Blasio and askanim was arranged by Yitzchok Fleischer, a longtime de Blasio confidante who indicated that the chassidus is likely to endorse the former mayor.

“Most people are upset with him,” Fleischer told New York Jewish Week. “As a mayor, he did a lot of things we didn’t agree with. Most of the people in Borough Park don’t know what he accomplished for us in the City Council,” including funding child care vouchers for yeshivas back in 2015.

“We told him clearly that we’re not progressive,” Fleischer said. “He knows that. I hope nothing is going to come up with that. The Congress is [elected] every two years. If he does something against the community, believe me, in two years, people won’t vote for him again.”

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31 COMMENTS

  1. This isn’t an apology, an apology would have been anytime until he announced hes running. Now he’s just asking us to vote for him….

  2. He’s a politician and you’re believing him. After his track record at city hall you still want to give him a chance? Pick someone else with a fresh perspective.

  3. If he does something against the community, believe me, in two years, people won’t vote for him again.

    Sure . After all his gestapo running around and giving tickets to CLOSED schools and business. After the police stood guard making sure the playgrounds in Jewish neighborhoods were closed while they were open a half mile away in non-Jewish area (I saw these things with my own eyes) they still have the nerve to ask us to vote for this rosha again. And we are supposed to believe they won’t do it again in two years no matter what he does against the Jewish community?

    During the heyday of the red zones I sent an email of protest to De Blasio. No answer. Over a year later when he is about to leave office and needs vote for his next election I get a response oozing with fake apologies for taking so long to respond and how concerned they are about the since rectified situation

  4. Aside from his comments , the fact that he failed as mayor is enough reason not to support him. there are more capable candidates seeking that seat.

  5. Unfortunately, alot of Anti-Semitism was fueled by the anti Jewish rethoric of our past New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio and our past New York governor Andrew Coumo , when they blamed on the media in front of millions of people , that our Jewish communities are ignoring their Covid rules. While at the same time they were encouraging “Black Live Matters” protests, that were far more breaking the law. It is time for the Jewish community leaders to remind all voters, about the injustice, and the damage done, by the hate spewing words and actions, of these previously elected officials.

  6. Turn the clock back to הושענא-רבה שמיני-עצרת שמחת-תורה of 2020, and reinstate every obliterated מנין from those 3 most paramount days on our Jewish calendar .
    Only after fulfilling this condition, shall we just maybe begin thinking of a possible מחילה, and until this condition is fulfilled, מחילה isn’t even remotely on our radar screen

  7. Der blambzio can go 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

    This is a message for dumblazio… GO AWAY and leave us alone! You showed your true colors to us! And so did dirty pinnu ringel one of the biggest jewish mosrim. WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU!!!!!!

  8. Adolf Hitler asks the jewish community for forgiveness now that he needs the Jewish vote to become chancellor again. he only did it out of a passion for what was happening to Germany during that difficult inter-war period.
    Don’t worry, if he starts another holocaust – we will never vote for him again

  9. The insult to the Jewish community aside, why would anyone vote for him? His policies ruined 20 years of progress for this city. I grew up in NYC in the 70’s and 80’s. He brought us back the crime and homelessness that tooks years to clean up.

  10. Is he JOKING??? what absolute nerve! We saw his true colors. We saw his policies. Skyrocketing crime because of him. Surging antisemetic attacks. His “moment of passion” in swnding that tweet simply showed us exactly how he felt underneath.
    Good riddance Deblasio!
    We are THROUGH with you! THROUGH!

  11. He’s conniving and evil. May he never be allowed near government or politics. I hope he gets the wrath of New Yorkers, and gets no votes. He was one of the worst mayors in our history.

  12. Mechila!? Despicable how about all the people murdered on his watch, all the money lost because of the violence and criminality in NYC under his watch. Shameful that mr. Fleisher would think that he can speak for the community that suffered so much due to this communist.
    For a couple of dollars he would sell out our community, our city and our country.

  13. Boro Park is going with Law & Order Public Safety Candidate for Congress NY-D10 Brian Robinson (@VoteBrian on Twitter)

    Brian Robinson fully Supports the NYPD & is Very Pro Yeshivas, Pro Israel & Anti Covid Mandates.

    Vote Brian Robinson @VoteBrian to represent Borough Park.

  14. DeBlasio is a radical police abolitionist, he is pro crime & he directly targeted our Borough Park Yeshivas & Stores during Covid.

    Because of this Boro Park is supporting a common sense moderate candidate, someone that shares our values and views, Brian Robinson for Boro Park Congress.

  15. BH

    ATTENTION BORO PARK RESIDENTS
    Community Wide Alert Notice

    There is a once in a generation opportunity for our community:

    The August Democratic Primary Elections for New York’s 10th Congressional District, which covers half of Boro Park.

    For the first time in many years, someone is running to represent us that actually shares all our values & concerns.

    Chevra. Meet Brian Robinson.

    Brian Robinson, a Jewish American father & husband residing in lower Manhattan.

    Brian Robinson, a proud Jew. Is a staunch supporter of Eretz Yisroel.

    Brian Robinson, if elected, will not only BEZ”H be voting on important safety matters in congress concerning Eretz Yisroel, but will be a leader in encouraging other moderate Democrats in Congress that may be undecided. To fully support Israel.

    Brian Robinson’s top #1 priority is Public Safety / Law & Order – Supporting the police.

    A NYC crime victim himself. Brian is set to introduce many new bills supporting the NYPD, Making Hate Crimes to be charged & prosecuted as a federal offense (instead of the current get out of NYC Jail free in 2 hours after being arrested for a hate crime) and will be personally putting pressure on the NYPD to Permanently increase the amount of police officers stationed to the Entire Boro Park.

    As Brian Robinson stated to a local Boro Park Askun, “You can either be Pro Crime Victim or Pro Criminal” There is No middle ground & No inbetween.
    I am Pro crime Victims rights, While all the other radical candidates running against me are all pro crime. They are Ignoring daily all the crime victims throughout this wonderful city.

    Brian Robinson shared his full Support for our Yeshivas & our Frum Education,
    He stated that he will do everything that he can to fight back in the war against our Yeshivas & will encourage fellow moderate Democrats in Congress & friends in the NYS Assembly to stop this insane obsession they have with attacking our beautiful Yeshivas.

    “If anything, the broken NY Public School system can & should learn a thing or two from Yeshivas, and implement those lessons in the public school system”, Robinson said.

    Regarding all COVID-19 Mandates, Brian Robinson expressed his horror over the Summer of 2020 when all the stores in his neighborhood of lower Manhattan were being looted & ransacked every night for an entire week.

    That very same week, former Mayor DeBlasio had the chutzpah to send in the NYC Sheriff- not to control the looting in Manhattan – but to directly target the frum owned stores of Boro Park with hefty Covid Summonses and illegal seizures.

    Robinson stated that he is against all Covid related mandates, and will vote against all mandates.

    Every person should have the right to choose if they want to or don’t want to wear a mask, if they want to or don’t want to get the covid vaccine.

    As Brian Robinson said, He is the only common sense candidate, while the other candidates running in this election are each more extreme radical socialites than the next.

    The 10th Congressional District – which Brian Robinson is running to represent – Covers the neighborhoods of Boro Park, Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park & Park Slope.

    There is very strong support for Brian Robinson for Congress from dozens of organizations and different community groups from the general Downtown Brooklyn areas of Brooklyn Heights, Cobbile Hill, Carroll Gardens & Boerum Hill, Because these different areas of Downtown Brooklyn have sadly turned into a center of crime the past 2 years & there is lots of pushback from those downtown Brooklyn neighborhood local residents against all the Homeless Hotels/Shelters that the city placed since the start of Covid.

    In lower Manhattan near Chinatown & Sunset Park (Brooklyn’s Chinatown), since the recent uptick in hate crime attacks against the Asian population, there are large rallies supporting Brian Robinson for Congress, led by Asian activists, Asian residents & business owners alike.

    Boro Park Yidden, With Hashems help, we can send a Pro Israel, Pro Yeshiva, Law & Order, Anti Covid Mandate Representative for our BP district to Congress.

    Let’s not miss this opportunity.

    The Democratic Primary is August 23.
    (Early voting usually starts 10 days earlier, AND those that may be away can Always Vote via Absentee Ballot)

    BUT, whatever the number of people in our community that are registered to vote, There are many more eligible people in our community that are NOT registered yet to vote.

    Right now it is crucial that anyone and everyone in our community over age 16 should immediately register online to vote.

    VERY IMPORTANT Make sure that when registering online you join the “Democrat” Party.

    Many will ask, why should I register as a Democrat?
    Especially since all my values align with the Republican Party views.

    By registering as a Democrat you are able to Vote in the Democratic Primaries which decide who will represent our dear neighborhood of BP.

    If you don’t register as a Democrat then you can NOT vote in this election (AND you can Not vote in All other important crucial primaries elections) thus giving the most left leaning socialist candidates a much greater chance in winning the primaries and then the general election.

    In short, This is the Election that matters, But you can ONLY Vote if you are a registered Democrat, Otherwise they will not let you vote.

    If you haven’t done so already, Please change your Party Registration to “Democrat” for this reason for all Democratic primary importance elections US Congress, NY Senate, NYS Assembly, NYC City Council.

    Keep in mind by the General Midterm elections in November , regardless of your party “affiliation”, you can always Vote Republican or Democrat for whichever candidates from whichever elections of your choice. But by then the Democratic candidate will have been chosen and we must make sure it is the right one!

    Registration to Vote for this Primary Election is only open for a short period of time.

    Don’t delay! register now to vote online today!!!

    This election may very well be one of the most consequential elections for our boro park community in many years.

    This is our community & our home.

    We raise our kids here.

    We live here, Our Shuls, Yeshivas & Mosdos are here.

    We work here. We shop here.

    The impact of this Election will be felt in our schools, our homes & on our streets.

    It takes just 2 minutes online to register to vote.

    Register yourself, Register ALL your children (age 16 & up) to Vote!

    If you have a relative or friend that does not have internet access, Please do a Chesseds! help them register online to vote on your phone or computer TODAY.

    For those of you that are sick & tired from the Liberal defund policy’s affecting us that our current Congressman supports, And if you would like to “Volunteer” for this Campaign, Then please Volunteer by Forwarding this message to ALL your WhatsApp Groups, the WhatsApp Groups you are comfortable sending messages to AND all the WhatsApp Groups that you may not be so comfortable sending stuff to & rarely/never post on there.

    And obviously encourage all those you interact with to REGISTER online to Vote as a Democrat.

    For Comments, Suggestions, Ideas, or BP Askunim Endorsements you can contact Congress #D10 candidate Brian Robinson & his Boro Park Team @VoteBrian on Twitter.

    May we be Zoche to Merit the coming of Moshiach Tzidkenu in Yerushalaim Ir Hakodesh with the Beis Hamikdosh Hashlishi with the Geulah Now.

  16. Encouraging Jews to protect themselves & their community was one of the few things he did right. No sense in any complaints on that.

  17. Can a Maizid even ask Mechilla? I counted the days until this evil soneh yisroel would be gone. Does anyone remember the big ceremony in 2007 where Deblasio secured $1.7 Million in Federal funding to install street lights and sidewalks on 37th Street between 14th and 15th Avenues? (See Daily News, May 2, 2007). The project was supposed to have been completed by 2009. Instead, the money was embezzled via the HighLine project, coutesy of Deblasio and Quinn. If you sell out the community and take a few dollars to put this monster in power again, then you deserve what you get.