New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked on a radio show recently why he takes an SUV about a dozen miles each way to a gym. De Blasio replied that such a thing would amount to “cheap symbolism” and would now appreciate it if everybody would stop talking about it:
— POLITICO New York (@politicony) June 9, 2017
De Blasio — who has weathered criticism from the city’s tabloids, environmental activists and traffic advocates over his daily 12-mile drive from Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to the Park Slope YMCA in Brooklyn — dismissed the complaints as tabloid fodder, soon to be buried by the next story.
“I challenge the premise that this is a burning issue. It is not a burning issue,” de Blasio said.
Frustrations over the mayor’s gym routine, though, have spilled out beyond the tabloids. On Friday, the New York Times ran a column that suggested gyms closer to Gracie Mansion the mayor could attend, to avoid the carbon emissions that come with his daily SUV trip to Brooklyn.
De Blasio has waxed apocalyptic about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement while pledging that his city would do its part on climate change, but says his own behavior isn’t a “burning issue.”
— Jim Branch (@jamesbranch3) June 9, 2017
Do as they say, not as they do!
Yeah but his carbon footprint is. ??
— catie lord (@tudsgrl) June 9, 2017
Weird. Same excuse Trump gave about his tax returns. https://t.co/AAE9THdqYS
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 9, 2017
My favorite part is where he tries to pretend that a gym in Park Slope brings him closer to the people. Only millionaires live in The Slope.
— Whateverdear (@WhateverDearest) June 9, 2017