“We will take your money. We will hold you accountable.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke Spanish, grew hoarse shouting over the jeers of President Donald Trump’s supporters and was forced to relocate the initial site of his Monday press conference promoting his Green New Deal due to inclement weather.
De Blasio’s plan, which aims to reduce carbon admissions by 30 percent by 2030, will ban “classic glass and steel skyscrapers” and requires skyscraper owners not in compliance to pay fines if they don’t cut greenhouse gas emissions. His initial presser was scheduled to have taken place outside the tower where Trump resides, but weather forced the event into the building’s lobby, the New York Post reported.
“Worst mayor ever,” “LGBT for Trump” and “Failed Mayor,” read just some of the signs held up by Trump-aligned protesters riding escalators behind the podium where de Blasio was speaking. The NYC mayor strained to be heard over the boos and whistles of Trump-supporters. Meanwhile, Trump Tower staff piled on by turning up the volume on the lobby’s PA system.
Frank Sinatra’s iconic “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” could be heard blasting from speakers as de Blasio addressed the crowd.
“Clearly the Trump Organization is a little sensitive to the fact that we’re calling them out for what they are doing to the climate but we are not backing down,” de Blasio said at one point.
“President Trump, you’re on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem,” he said, adding “We will take your money. We will hold you accountable.”
According to the Democrat politician, the president’s New York City properties face a combined fine of $2.1 million if they don’t reduce emissions to the required levels.
“Scream loud enough so they can hear it all the way to the White House, ‘Our planet, not your profit,'” de Blasio said to his supporters.