Rudy Giuliani lashes out at de Blasio, says schools chancellor 'belongs in Cuba' in Manhattan speech
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took aim at current Mayor Bill de Blasio and said the city's schools chancellor "belongs in Cuba" in an angry speech in midtown Manhattan Wednesday.
Giuliani made the remarks as part of the unveiling of his two-year plan to "revive" New York City. Among his and other GOP leaders' ideas are to hire 9,000 more police officers, solve homelessness and lower property taxes.
But the comment that stuck out the most was one he made about New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, saying he "belongs in Cuba."
It quickly drew ire from other elected officials, including Councilmember Ritchie Torres, who said, "Richard Carranza was born in the US. Second: he is Mexican American. Third and most important of all: Rudy Giuliani is a racist."
Department of Education Secretary Miranda Barbot wrote, "Rudy and his boss never fail to show us who they are: washed up, unabashed racists at every turn. Also, he's from Tucson."
Giuliani also made a point to say the city's economy should not continue to be shut down, calling it a political move.
De Blasio fired back, saying, "I think he is out of touch with reality. I think we've seen more and more Rudy Giuliani become unhinged."
He also angrily attacked Black Lives Matter protesters, saying, "They're going to say hateful things about white people ... they're going to say horrible things about America."
A clear outline of Giuliani's potential plan has not been released, but he is confident it will bring law and order to the city's streets.