Here’s the thing about running for elected office of any kind, from dog catcher in a podunk town to mayor of New York: you will always deal with insane people, no matter what. The larger the population though, the more there are. Case in point? A caller on Wednesday night to NY1’s The Call, a call-in show to talk about the news going on in New York, said she met Bill de Blasio and asked him to implement stop-and-frisk only in Manhattan. Does she use the phrase “those people”? Hell yes she does.
The caller, Joan from the Upper West Side, explained how upon meeting Bill de Blasio on the street, she told him that she was active in liberal politics, against stop-and-frisk generally, but asked de Blasio to keep it in Manhattan. Her reasoning? “You can’t expect us to live by the same rules we dictate to other people, for heaven’s sake,” before going on to say “Manhattan is special. Let’s put it this way: we are New York. Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, I don’t even like talking about those kinds of places.”
So uh, you tell us. Actual deluded old biddie from the UWS or brilliant piece of satire attempting to tar the Quinn campaign, who Joan says she’s voting for at the end of the video? It’s kind of impossible to tell. And even though the idea of a person like this voting is terrifying, it’s also hilarious to think she really exists and really believes all of this. If you can’t listen to this at work (do whatever you can to), her monologue, in response to “Are you excited about a Mayor de Blasio?” is below:
“No. I was at first, because of this stop-and-frisk, which I’m totally against. But when I saw him on the street with his entourage, I went up to him and I told him how involved I was with liberal politics and I said to him, “You’re not gonna end stop-and-frisk in Manhattan right? Just in Staten Island and Brooklyn and Queens, I’m still up in the air about the Bronx.’ And he said ‘Why should I have it in Manhattan?’ And I said ‘You can’t expect us to live by the same rules we dictate to other people, for heaven’s sake. Just because people like me are against stop-and-frisk in places like Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island doesn’t mean we don’t want it not to continue in Manhattan. I mean, Manhattan is special. Let’s put it this way: we are New York. Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, I don’t even like talking about those kinds of places.’ … Affordable housing, I mean, New Yorkers accept that in the Bronx, but you don’t want those people living around you. Of course, I would be the first to say anyone from Brooklyn or Queens and Staten Island would be prejudiced for that. I mean, I’m not a hypocrite.”