New York City has rapidly become the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and the man at fault is trying to cast the blame on President Trump.
Now that roughly a third of all U.S. infections are in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is under immense pressure and the majority of the city has been shut down with nonessential workers ordered to stay home.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” de Blasio said that he does not expect the situation to improve any time soon and added that “the truth is, it’s only getting worse.”
De Blasio said that the city is struggling to care for its large number of patients and suggested that it was Trump’s fault.
“The president of the United States is from New York City and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown, I don’t get it,” He said. “If the president doesn’t act, people will die who could have lived otherwise,” de Blasio claimed.
When asked specifically what he would like done, de Blasio said that “all military personnel who are medically trained should be sent to places where this crisis is deep – like New York – right now,” claiming they are “the best logistical organization in the nation.”
“Why are they at their bases? Why are they not being allowed to serve? I guarantee you they’re ready to serve, but the president has to give the order.”
New York City residents, however, know where the real blame lies. One group in particular is furious with de Blasio and they’re making it known.
Teachers in Brooklyn are blasting the Mayor for failing to close public schools early enough, which the teachers claim facilitated the spread of coronavirus at one particular school.
At least five teachers from Brooklyn Technical High School teachers have called their union chapter leader, Nate Bonheimer, to tell him they had tested positive for COVID-19.
Even with the information, the Brooklyn Department of Education ordered staffers at BTHS to go to work last week, claiming the building had been cleaned.
“They did not alert the people who needed to know the most to protect themselves, their families and everyone else they came into contact with,” he said.
The outlet reported also that one infected teacher informed all his students that he had tested positive since the city was being so secretive.
“You say equity and excellence, but every other school district closed before you did. You had these kids like petri dishes spreading this to their families,” one administrator told the post.
One DOE employee told the Post that some believe de Blasio and schools chancellor Richard Carranza squashed information about the teachers testing positive for COVID-19, which put more people at risk, saying, “The blood is on their hands.”