If there was any doubt earlier than, the gloves at the moment are formally off within the 2021 race to be the subsequent mayor of New York City.
Democratic nominee Eric Adams on Tuesday referred to as Republican rival Curtis Sliwa a “racist” — and accused the Guardian Angels founding father of turning the final election to succeed a term-limited Bill de Blasio right into a “circus.”
During an interview on WNYC radio, the Brooklyn borough president provided a few of his harshest phrases but for his Nov. 2 opponent, saying the GOP contender “has been a leading voice of being a racist.”
“I dedicated my life as a police officer for 22 years [to] fighting against the systemic racism that exists, and just really how we perceive everyday New Yorkers. And so, it’s difficult for Curtis to talk about systemic racism, because he has been a leading voice of being a racist,” the previous NYPD captain stated on “The Brian Lehrer Show,” when requested about his perspective on 9 FDNY members who had been suspended for sending racist messages.
“It’s hard for him to address something that’s systemic, and I’m not afraid to point out where systemic racism exists.”
His reply got here after Lehrer famous that Sliwa on the identical radio present a day earlier characterised the FDNY members as a couple of unhealthy apples quite than a part of a sample of bigotry.
In response to Adams’ feedback, Sliwa fired again together with his personal allegation Tuesday, saying Adams has a behavior of accusing individuals with whom he has a distinction of opinion of being racist.
“This is always his fallback position when he has a disagreement with you: He calls people racist,” Sliwa informed The Post. “This is all a part of the custom of Eric Adams. If you disagree with Eric Adams, you’re a racist.
“When his back is against the wall, he’s always calling his adversaries racist.”
Sliwa cited Adams in January 2020 metaphorically declaring that gentrifiers ought to “go back” to Iowa and Ohio, in addition to the Democrat’s harsh criticism of former main opponents Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia becoming a member of forces on the crowded Democratic main marketing campaign path on Juneteenth, days earlier than voters went to the polls.
“I’m just going to join the club,” Sliwa stated. “When Eric Adams doesn’t like you, he calls you a racist.”
Adams in his interview additionally accused Sliwa of creating a mockery of the election.
“We’re going to have to endure the antics of a person that thinks that this is a circus for the next four weeks, and I’m going to tolerate it because that’s the process, but can we take Curtis seriously based on his history in the city?” Adams stated on the radio program, referencing Sliwa admitting to staging crimes and falsely claiming he was kidnapped.
“I’m turning the election into a circus by being in the streets, in the subways — something he’s not?” Sliwa shot again. “He’s spent most of his time of late getting wined and dined and pocket-lined by the elite, the wealthy and the rich.”
“Eric Adams has to understand: There is an election going on,” he went on. “There is a democracy. He is not the mashiach of the Democratic Party, he is not the savior of the city.”
Adams is the odds-on favourite to win the race in opposition to Sliwa.
Along with Democrats’ voter registration benefit within the 5 boroughs, Adams has raised much more cash for the election than Sliwa.
Fundraising figures launched final week revealed that Adams raised $2.4 million for his marketing campaign between Aug. 24 and Sept. 27, concluding the reporting interval with about $7.7 million available. Sliwa raised $200,000 throughout the identical time interval, and has simply $1.2 million in his marketing campaign account.
On Monday morning, Adams launched his first TV advert since successful the Democratic main for mayor, touting his working-class upbringing and pledging to battle for blue-collar New Yorkers.