New York City Mayor Eric Adams lost it at a public event on Wednesday while discussing rent increases at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics in Washington Heights, snapping at an elderly white woman that she should respect him and not treat him like a slave.
Video footage shows Adams asking the woman to stand up after she called out that he “raised the rent” at a “Talk with Eric” town hall. She asked Adams why New Yorkers had experienced “horrible rent increases last year and this year.”
Adams defended himself, claiming that he “does not control the Rent Guidelines Board,” but the woman was incensed and continued to rail over the rent hikes.
“You said before and after that, you supported those rent increases!” the woman contended while pointing her finger for emphasis at Adams which evidently ticked the mayor off.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams puts a white woman in her place for having the audacity to ask him about the rising costs of rent.
“I’m the mayor of this city and treat me with the respect that would deserve to be treated. I’m speaking to you as an adult. Don’t stand in front like you… pic.twitter.com/iHfbEn1lRF
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 29, 2023
“First, if you’re going to ask a question, don’t point at me, and don’t be disrespectful to me,” he told the woman.
Then he atrociously compared her to a slave owner on a plantation.
“I’m the mayor of this city and treat me with the respect that would deserve to be treated. I’m speaking to you as an adult. Don’t stand in front like you treated someone that’s on the plantation that you own,” he arrogantly told the woman at the community conversation event.
“Give me the respect that I deserve and engage in a conversation. Up here in Washington Heights, treat me with the same level of respect I treat you. So don’t be pointing at me. Don’t be disrespectful to me. Speak with me as an adult because I’m a grown man. I walked into this room as a grown man and I’ll walk out of this room as a grown man. I answered your question – go to the next table,” Adams stated, dismissing her.
Eric Adams went off on a elderly woman complaining that rents are too high! I’m the mayor of this city & treat me with the respect I deserve to be treated. I’m speaking as an adult. Don’t stand in front like you treated someone that’s on a plantation that you own. What!! Loser
— Domenica D’Elia (@domenicadelia22) June 29, 2023
Unbelievably, people applauded Adams for the demeaning and unprofessional attack on the woman.
Adams has been repeatedly slammed for the Rent Guidelines Board voting to allow rent hikes of up to 6 percent on New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments, according to the New York Post.
The mayor was absolutely obliterated on social media for the manner in which he handled the angry woman’s concerns about rent:
I didnt get that (disrespect) at all!! I’ve lived in NY practically all my life and NY rents are the worst in all states! this woman and residents of NY have a real gripe..
She called him Mr. Mayor, where’s the disrespect??
— asH9.58 (@asH9C) June 29, 2023
I hope he reflects back on this moment when he doesn’t get a second term!! He is too busy being a socialite and New York City is in the WORST state it’s EVER BEEN!!
— T. Marie (@Issa_WriterGurl) June 29, 2023
Outrageous to accuse an old woman of talking to him as if he’s on a plantation that she owns. Utterly disgusting racism on his part and gaslighting – she was there begging for affordability!!!
— NYC Parent (@nycfreethinker) June 29, 2023
Repulsive disingenuous race card utilization…
— ThePersistenceMovement®™️ (DeboostVictim) (@PersistOrg) June 29, 2023
She was 100% correct and he deflected. Adams don’t care about us. He’s got to go.
— Alex (@alexjallot) June 29, 2023
Grown men don’t state that they are grown men. He has the thin skin of an awkward teenage… boy. Grow up, Mr. Mayor.
— גי דוד – Super Free Man (@DBCWriter) June 29, 2023
Hmm, sounds like he is the one who took it too far. He is the mayor, so he needs to be able to deal with upset constituents. She points her finger and he brought up slavery against her? He’s the one who got triggered and said something he shouldn’t.
— Itmatters2me2 (@itmatters2me3) June 29, 2023
What about the plantation he have tenants on, serving his real-estate masters. Go take an identity pill Mayor Adams.
— Winsome Pendergrass (@WinsomePenderg4) June 29, 2023
Lmao, immediately pivots to racism. Dude you are the mayor, you do actually work for the people of NYC by your own system’s logic.
Saying a constituent is treating you as a “slave” because they are unhappy with the job you are doing is the most pathetic cop-out, Grow up.
— Michael Scaglione (@Scagz89) June 29, 2023
Respect is earned. Just because you are mayor doesn’t mean she has to give it to you. Her question was extremely valid considering the increase in rent when pay rates have stayed the same for years. The fact that you played the race card was extremely low.
— Sophia Milagros (@SophiaMilagros2) June 29, 2023
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