New York Post obtained scathing emails showing New York City’s Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio is a tyrant bullying and threatening his staff.
Here are a few examples:
“What do I need to get you guys to follow a direct order? Do you need to experience consequences?”
“I’m not raising this again: fix it, or I will [have] no choice but to find a way to penalize people. Not my preference, but I won’t have my instructions ignored.”
The emails show de Blasio angrily berating at least 12 of his aides for failing to provide to his demanding specifications the phonetic versions of difficult to pronounce words or names in all his speeches and talking points.
“This is literally the 100th time I am reminding you all that phonetic spellings require one syllable to be capitalized to indicate emphasis in pronunciation,” New York Post recounts.
In another of the emails on the same topic of failure to meet his expectations on providing phonetic spellings, de Blasio wrote, “I have no idea why you guys can’t get it. All of the folks in comms, speechwriting and my personal staff who looked at these remarks — it just takes ONE to catch it.”
The domineering Mayor also blamed his staff for his lack of proficiency speaking Spanish. De Blasio seethed, “guys, I’m fed up…I have raised the problem of inconsistency in providing phonetic pronunciation and in providing clearly delineated Spanish (with emphasis on the proper syllable) many, many times. And yet between all of you, you haven’t fix (sic) the problem, which is bluntly unprofessional.”
The Post attempted to contact as many current or former de Blasio staff members as they could identify from the emails. Several declined to comment. Others commented including one former campaign staffer who confirmed the Mayor was equally as acerbic speaking to his staff as he was in emails. The former campaign staffer said, “the tone of the emails was a pitch-perfect echo of his verbal style in addressing subordinates. I used to talk to the guy, and he talked down to me every single time. He would consistently speak to me in a condescending tone that was just offensive.”
“De Blasio typically laces his messages with biting remarks such as ‘you are screwing up,’ and the ‘ball is in your court,’” one source said.
Another blames de Blasio’s “rages on his being a ‘micro-manager’ who has ‘no confidence’ in the people working for him.”
When asked for comment, the Mayor’s spokesman Eric Phillips maintained de Blasio “is always professional and is a direct communicator who understandably demands a lot from the city’s public servants. City government is a fast-paced, demanding environment and there’s probably a good reason these anonymous sources no longer work in City Hall.”
- For more on the story, see New York Post
If you have a suggestion for this page, please let us know. Also, if you think this is worth sharing, you can do so using the links below.