Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning discussed the controversial speakers at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Wednesday inauguration who made critical remarks about former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The New York Times has criticized the de Blasio campaign for allowing speakers to disparage Bloomberg, who was in attendance, calling the speakers “ingratious.”
The new mayor ran on a platform that income equality is hurting New York City and that the policies of Bloomberg’s 12-year reign widened the gap between rich and poor.
“I think he was an extraordinary mayor for this town,” Joe Scarborough said of Bloomberg.
He said historians will look at what Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani did in 20 years to transform New York City and “taken on the whole the transformation of this city has been unlike anything I have ever seen in American government in my life.”
“Income inequality increased sharply under Barack Obama,” Scarborough observed. “I doubt you will have speakers when Barack Obama leaves after eight years blaming Barack Obama for the massive increases in income inequality. They shouldn’t have done it here.”
He said inviting Harry Belafonte to speak, means organizers knew what they were getting themselves into.
“In the end it ends up reflecting more poorly on him than the man they were throwing stones at, don’t you think?”
De Blasio defended the speakers on Thursday.
“I’m very comfortable with all that was done,” he said at a news conference.
“I made clear my real respect for Mayor Bloomberg,” he added. “It’s not a secret that I’ve had some disagreements with him on policy, but I honored with a whole heart what he did to this city.”