The Daily News reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged Americans nationwide to continue their protests, albeit peacefully, just days after saying he would that he would take a wait and see attitude towards the Republican president-elect.
But Trump’s comments on Sunday night’s edition of 60 Minutes about appointing Supreme Court justices who opposed abortion and his appointment of right wing leaning Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist have had de Blasio changing his tune.
“The more disruption that’s caused peacefully … the more it will change the trajectory of things” de Blasio said in a Hot 97 radio interview.
Because Trump does not appear to have won the popular vote, de Blasio told supporters that he will not have a mandate to run the country, making resistance to the new president crucial.
In his remarks, de Blasio said that he will oppose any effort by the federal government to deport illegal aliens and to reinstate stop and frisk policies. The mayor also categorized Bannon as having close ties to the white supremacist movement.
“We need to hold Trump accountable for anything he does that encourages hate and division,” said de Blasio. “The more extreme he is, the more people fight back, the more it takes away his power.”