Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio invoked civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, before predicting mixed results in the upcoming midterm elections.
“One of the things Dr. King always talked about was not answering hatred with hatred … how corrosive that was. That somehow you had to find the love, whether it’s a matter of faith or ideology, find the love for your fellow human even when you disagree with them,” de Blasio said.
“And that’s what wins at the end of the day.”
Potential explosive devices were sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s residence and former President Barack Obama, in addition to other prominent politicians and CNN’s New York Bureau Wednesday. Billionaire George Soros received also received an explosive device in his mailbox at his home in New York Monday.
De Blasio warned Democratic voters who’re looking for “instant gratification” this election cycle to rethink things and prepare for mixed results.
“If you want instant gratification on November 6 you’re barking up the wrong tree. I believe November 6 … the outcome will be a mixed bag,” he continued. “There will be some areas from the points of Democrats and progressives there’s real progress. There’ll be some areas of setback. That does not change the fundamental work ahead, which is to go to the grassroots and move people and educate them and motivate them to get more deeply involved.”
“One of the good things that’s happening despite this painful last 24 hours is this moment of crisis over the last couple of years is reinvigorating our democracy … People are participating, they’re feeling ownership. They’re feeling it’s no longer they can stand back from. They have to literally to the point of running for office themselves if that’s what it takes,” de Blasio said, adding:
“Maybe that’s a course correction we needed. I wish it didn’t come in this form but maybe we needed that wake up call anyway, to recognize that if you’re not participant in a democracy, it will atrophy and that’s the ultimate thing.”
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