Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday ripped fellow Democrats who are blaming Mayor Adams’ tough-on-crime policies for why the party suffered key midterm election losses in New York, warning they could be enabling the next Rudy Giuliani.
Speaking before 100 people at his his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, Sharpton said he’s “real mad” at progressive Democrats who’ve accused the more moderate Adams of helping Republicans at the polls simply by talking openly about rising crime rates.
“I saw the same distortion made on David Dinkins when he was the mayor of New York, the [city’s] first black [mayor].” Sharpton said.
“And I’m seeing the same trend in the media and among some who call themselves progressives that attacked Dinkins with misinformation — that are attacking this mayor.
“Some of us in the black community, we went for it — saying that David Dinkins played tennis too much, like there’s something wrong with staying in shape; that he shouldn’t have had on a tuxedo, like he was supposed to go to a formal affair in blue jeans.”
“And we inadvertently in our passion beat him down to where the result was that we got Rudy Giuliani,” added the reverend, referring the Republican unseating Dinkins in the 1993 mayoral race.
Adams told the audience he feels the party infighting and power-grabbing has caused the public to believe Democrats don’t have a real plan to deal with crime – to the benefit of the GOP.
“It’s time for us to come in a room together,” he said.