How did this utter jerk get elected mayor twice? How did he have the gall to run for President?
It was announced that two popular ice skating rinks in New York City’s Central Park, both managed by the Trump Organization,were being closed this week by New York City. The reason was widely understood to be in order to give a metaphorical middle finger to the ex-President. The rink contracts had been set to expire in April, but de Blasio decided to end the contracts on February 26. Previously, the New York Post had revealed that on January 31, when announcing the concession terminations for Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink, the Central Park Carousel and Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx, a de Blasio spokesman said, “Trump has been impeached from operating the ice rink.”
Ha ha ha! What assholes.
The primary victims in this petty move were to be inner city kids. Malik Garvin, the Ice Hockey in Harlem director, said his organization, which relies on the rinks, “serves over 300 kids in the Harlem community” free of charge and has “been around for over 30 years.”
“We offer them things that other kids in the neighborhood don’t get so they can better themselves and improve their lives,” Garvin said. “I had to tell 300 kids and their parents, ‘That’s it, we’re done,’ And this is something that we take pride in. We have boys and girls ages 5 to 18. They start when they’re young. They stick with it. We’re dedicated. It’s something that they all look forward to and especially now, it is the one thing that they have. Right now it’s the one thing that they have and it is being taken away from them overnight.”
Never mind. Like so much else that we have observed in the past four years, all that matters to some awful people with power is sticking it to Trump, and collateral damage be damned. Garvin said the explanation he was given was that the ice rinks were closing “in retaliation for the storming of the Capitol.” Oh. Well that makes complete sense, then.
The Trump organization rescued the rinks after they had been in disuse for years, as a gesture of good will to the community. Apparently the De Blasio administration was surprised to discover that everyone in the city wasn’t as Trump Deranged as he is.
Yesterday, City Hall did a complete reversal in response to the public uproar, and the rinks will stay open after all. “New York City kids deserve all the time on the ice they can get this year. The Wollman and Lasker rinks will stay open under current management for the few weeks left in this season,” City Hall press secretary Bill Neidhardt told the Post. “But make no mistake, we will not be doing business with the Trump Organization going forward. Inciting an insurrection will never be forgotten or forgiven.”
Donald Trump did not “incite an insurrection.” A government official can’t state as fact that a citizen committed a crime when none had occurred, no charges have been brought, and no basis for the statement is offered. This statement seems to clearly meet the standard for actual malice required for a finding of defamation against a public figure.
I hope Trump sues.