On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was holding a press conference in Queens regarding a $16 million sidewalk recovery project. He likely didn't expect what came next.
According to the New York Post, as de Blasio was speaking, 63-year-old Vickie Paladino stopped her car, stepped out, and began yelling at the mayor:
I want to know why you let your police officers down and our country down by going to Germany and protesting against our country. I want to know why you are doing that, OK? I don't care about the trees. We'll work it out. Find $18 million to put in your cops pockets, ok?
The Washington Free Beacon reports that de Blasio attended the G-20 summit in Germany instead of the wake for Police Officer Miosotis Familia, who was assassinated in cold blood by Alexander Bonds on July 5. The New York Daily News notes that when the mayor returned from Germany, he spent approximately 45 minutes at Familia's home.
After de Blasio fled the scene in his SUV, Paladino continued for the reporters:
I've had it with de Blasio, I've had it with the way he's running the city...Our tax dollars paid for this mayor to go to Germany to protest against our country, ok? That $18 million that he wants to spend on trimming trees, let him put it in our police officers' pockets. Let him take care of the police officer that was assassinated – that he chose that particular day, without telling a soul, that he was leaving to go to Germany. He ran away.
It's time he starts to pay attention. This is a big show; this means nothing. He could have sent anybody here to tell us about our trees. Again, I've lived here for 63 years. De Blasio, be a mayor; don't talk to me about trees, talk to me about protection of our city, of our citizens, and what you're going to do for your police officers because you left them high and dry on more than one occasion. [I] can't wait for election day. Buddy, you are out.
So, Vickie Paladino 2017? I've already got the poster ready: