Mayor de Blasio's Daughter Arrested for Blocking Traffic at NYC Protest UPDATE: He's Proud of Her Arrest

File-This Jan. 1, 2014, file photo shows New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, arriving with his family Chiara de Blasio, second from left, Dante de Blasio, center, right, Chirlane McCray to take the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio is winding down his first year in office, which saw success at fulfilling many of his liberal campaign promises. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

 

On Saturday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, was arrested at a protest in Manhattan.

A source told the New York Post that Chiara de Blasio, 25, was allegedly blocking traffic on Broadway and after refusing to move, she was arrested.

The source said, “That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time.” The source added that she gave police the address of Gracie Mansion, but did not tell them she was de Blasio’s daughter.

The arrest occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m.

At 11:30 p.m., Mayor de Blasio spoke to reporters at the NYC Emergency Management headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Without mentioning his daughter’s arrest, he said:

We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home.

If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It’s time to go home so we can all move forward.

On Sunday, the Mayor again spoke to reporters at City Hall:

Anarchist agitators with an “explicit agenda of violence” have co-opted police-brutality protests for destruction.

It is a small number of people. It is well organized, even though many of the people are associated with the anarchist movement.

Some come from outside of the cities. Some are from inside the city. Some are from the neighborhoods where the protests take place. Some are not.

Chiara de Blasio’s arrest is simply the latest incident involving a liberal politician’s child during these riots.

MN Rep. Ilhan Omar’s daughter, Isra Hirsi, was called out after she retweeted a list of needed supplies for “comrades” at the 3rd precinct last week.

Isra responded to Andy Ngo’s tweet with one of her own.

Next, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s daughter, Hope Walz, was found to be relaying information to help the rioters by tweet. Her account was deactivated shortly after these tweets were discovered. Here’s one of her messages: “Could someone who actually has followers rely [sic] to the masses that have gotten “national guard” trending that the guard WILL NOT be present tonight?? there is a lot of misinformation that is further spreading fear and chaos at the scene of the protests.”

Today, we hear that MN Attorney General Keith Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison, who is a member of the Minneapolis City Council, has pledged his allegiance to Antifa. He tweeted, “I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” on his Twitter account Sunday. “Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!”

A new generation of liberals takes the stage.

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. (VIA The New York Post)

During a mid-day news conference, Mayor de Blasio spoke about his daughter’s arrest. He told reporters he found out about it through a press inquiry to his office, which was a surprise. But he is proud of her.

Here are his comments:

I love my daughter deeply I honor her. I’m proud of her that she cares so much she was willing to go out there and so something about it.

She was acting peacefully. She believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest.

This is not someone who would not ever commit any violence. She was very clear that she believed she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking.

I admire that she was out there trying to change something she thought was unjust and trying to do something in a peaceful manner.

(De Blasio was angry to find out that the Sergeants Benevolent Association, headed by union boss Ed Mullins, had tweeted out his daughter’s arrest report.)

The SBA did something unconscionable. They do this all the time with people’s privacy. They really should reevaluate what they are doing.

If I had known that my daughter was arrested, I would have been the first to let the public know. I found out when my staff got the media inquiry.

I knew that she’d been out protesting peacefully on Thursday night. I never heard from her after that that she was involved in anything.