Mayor de Blasio touted his progressive record and slammed President Trump without naming him as he was sworn in for his second term Monday during a frigid outdoor ceremony at City Hall Park.
“In this heyday of hatred, this new dawn of divisiveness, we in our city refused to be dragged down to a place we know is beneath us. We know the gaudy celebration of discrimination based on faith or color or nationality is simply un-American,” the mayor said after he was sworn in by Vermont Sen. and progressive icon Bernie Sanders.
“It’s a violation of who we are. We know the overt and gleeful prejudice that is suddenly involved, spits in the face of all that is made our city great.”
The usually long-winded Democrat began his remarks by asking the shivering crowd, smaller than that at his first swearing-in four years ago, if he should keep his remarks short given the 14-degree temperatures — and he got a standing ovation in return.
He praised his efforts to foster community policing, calling it a model for the rest of the country.
“We have brought police and community together like never before, we have dedicated ourselves to a vision of true neighborhood policing and it works,” he declared.
“And this is the vision that will be the future of policing in this city and that will be the future of policing in this nation.”
The mayor said he wanted to continue on the same left-leaning path over the next four years.
“I want us to be the fairest big city in America. For too many years our city descended into growing inequality, numbly allowing our social fabric to be torn more and more,” he said.
“The theme of our campaign just past was simple and clear: this is your city. it is a reminder that the true owners of this beloved place are not the big landlords and big developers. not the titans of Wall Street and the 1 percent,” he said.
Accompanied by his wife Chirlane McCray, son Dante and daughter Chiara, the mayor acknowledged his maternal Italian grandparents’ roots but not his father, Warren Wilhelm, with whom he had a strained relationship.
Earlier, Sanders joked about the weather — even as he struggled to zip up his jacket higher, and also launched into an attack on the Trump administration, again without naming the president.
“By Vermont standards this is a very pleasant afternoon,” he said.
“Today we’re here to thank Bill de Blasio for leading this city, and making it one of the most progressive cities in the United…