‘A NEW POLITICS OF ENVY’
“While we had intended to give the city’s new administration a proper honeymoon, the unnecessary meanness of its inauguration requires a response,” says Ed Cox, chairman of the Republican Party of New York.
“The new mayor has unleashed a new politics of envy that encourages metaphors of our great and humane city as a ‘plantation’ at his inauguration,” Mr. Cox observes. “Bill de Blasio was elected with only 17.5 percent of the City’s voters and needs to firmly renounce such talk and call for the unity that he needs to manage our great and diverse city.”
Mr. Cox refers to the invocation during the ceremony, incidentally. “Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness… sound forth the trumpets of heaven proclaiming a new Emancipation Proclamation in New York City,” Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., a Brooklyn minister, told the crowd.