Three years after she helped block site visitors in a local weather change protest, Michelle Wu awkwardly batted away questions in regards to the newest demonstration to snarl site visitors within the metropolis — this time from her perch as Boston mayor.
In 2019 as a metropolis councilor, Wu excitedly joined a couple of hundred protesters with the extremist environmental group Extinction Revolt in protesting fossil fuels by shutting down a serious Boston roadway, tweeting a video “Taking the Congress St bridge” from her @wutrain account.
Wu on Wednesday danced round questions on whether or not she supported XR’s newest demonstration that shut down a number of streets and intersections and resulted in 15 arrests.
“I do know and I share deeply the frustration and urgency that people face, uh, we’re working on daily basis to do our half on the facet of metropolis authorities,” Wu stated on Wednesday.
Why isn’t Wu condemning the site visitors disruptions? As a result of that’s not a part of her agenda or her constituency.
Wu did nothing to alert Boston commuters to the protests Wednesday morning or deter them from exhibiting up. The demonstrations got here on the identical day that Nationwide Grid introduced a 64% spike in electrical energy charges this winter, however did Wu do something about that burden on common ratepayers?
Fascinating that Wu absolutely understands and accepts when protesters stand in entrance of site visitors, disrupting folks’s commutes and small enterprise clients, however with regards to a handful of individuals with cowbells in entrance of her home then she places her foot down.
Wu by no means even acknowledged that she took half in a avenue protest a couple of years in the past, however she will be able to’t distance herself from her protest days. She’s Boston’s most left mayor in historical past, whether or not it’s banning fossil fuels in new building, advocating a free MBTA, creating new metropolis places of work just like the “forestry” division at taxpayer expense, or embracing new automobile and bicycle lanes which can be squeezing out motorists.
It might be good if Wu had the identical compassion for the common middle-class person who she has for far-left extremists.
She did announce on Wednesday that she’s creating a brand new “forestry division” to “bolster town of Boston’s tree cover.”
This implies hiring a brand new forestry chief and a dozen different new staff, with taxpayer cash. It’s simply the most recent new division or company she’s created since changing into mayor.
Overlook the truth that there isn’t a forest in Boston, except you rely the Arnold Arboretum, which is owned by Harvard College. Fairly positive they’ve sufficient funds to maintain that going.
Wu has a manner of arising with an increasing number of liberal new concepts whereas nonetheless someway managing to appear like she’s some sort of reasonable.
She’s not. She simply smiles lots whereas spending an increasing number of of your cash.
Possibly her new mates on the Extinction Revolt, which is just about all younger white activists and child boomers, can pony up some cash to pay for all of the disruption they precipitated.