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New York City Mayor Eric Adams refused to leave quarantine in the aftermath of the Brooklyn subway shooting Tuesday, triggering anger from those who felt he should “stop wussing around” and get to work.
Adams has been in quarantine ever since he tested positive for COVID a few days ago.
“This AM, [Mayor Adams] woke up with a raspy voice and, out of an abundance of caution, took a PCR test that has now come back positive. At this time, the mayor has no other symptoms, but he is already isolating and will be canceling all public events for the week,” his press secretary announced Sunday.
This AM, @NYCMayor woke up with a raspy voice and, out of an abundance of caution, took a PCR test that has come back positive.
At this time, the mayor has no other symptoms, but he is already isolating and will be cancelling all public events for the week.
— Fabien Levy (@Fabien_Levy) April 10, 2022
But according to Fox News hosts Jesse Watters and Judge Jeanine Pirro, that was no excuse for him to remain home at Gracie Mansion in the aftermath of the mass shooting on a subway train early Tuesday morning in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
“He has COVID and looks ridiculous managing this shooting spree from quarantine from his apartment. Come on. Put a mask on. Get outside and manage the crisis. It’s OK,” Watters said on Fox News’s “The Five.”
Below is a photo of the mayor purportedly leading from his home:
— City of New York (@nycgov) April 12, 2022
Pirro concurred with Watters’ assessment.
“Mayor Adams, put on the damn mask and get out there. And I’ll tell you why. He’s a cop. This guy knows crime. Stop wussing around in your house because you may have COVID. Put the mask on and get out there and make New Yorkers believe you are a cop!” she said
In fairness to the mayor, his security detail has been tightened because the primary suspect, identified by authorities as an older man named Frank R. James, appears to have some beef with him.
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell confirmed during a presser Tuesday evening that James’ social media contains posts about Adams.
“Based on some preliminary information, there are postings possibly connected to our person of interest where he mentions homelessness, he mentions New York, and does mention Mayor Adams. And as a result of that in an abundance of caution, we’re going to tighten the mayor’s security detail,” she said.
According to the New York Post, the social media posts include a video slamming Adams over the city’s “mental health program.”
“Mr. Mayor, I’m a victim of your mental health program. I’m 63 now full of hate, full of anger, and full of bitterness. … What’s going on in that place is violence. Not physical violence, but the kind of violence a child experiences in grade school… that would make him go get a gun and shooting motherf—ers,” he says.
He also slammed Adams for not doing more to address homelessness.
“Eric Adams, Eric Adams, what are you doing brother? What’s happening with this homeless situation. Every [subway] car I went to was loaded with homeless people. It was so bad I couldn’t even stand. I had to keep moving from car to car,” he said.
Reports also indicate that he’s an anti-white racist:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 13, 2022
Thankfully, as of Wednesday morning, there were no reported deaths from the suspect’s alleged mass shooting. Though they were many injuries.
“Five people were in critical but condition but expected to survive. At least 16 in all were injured in some way in the attack that began on a subway train that pulled into the 36th Street station in the borough’s Sunset Park neighborhood,” according to The Kansas City Star.
Authorities believe the serendipitous lack of deaths may have been because the gun used in the crime had jammed.
Inside the subway station police found a handgun with three extended round magazines. One in the gun jammed. One empty on the floor. One on shooter’s backpack, a law enforcement official told ABC News
The gun jamming is believed to have saved lives
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) April 12, 2022
The primary suspect currently still remains on the loose:
Horrifying new details of the Brooklyn subway shooter. He was armed like Rambo & would have killed many more if his gun hadn’t jammed. Scary to think he’s still at large. NYPD have named this guy, Frank James, 62 as a ‘person of interest.’ If you know/see him, call the cops asap. pic.twitter.com/oItQoOeZgi
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 12, 2022
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