Mayor Bill de Blasio went to bat for a political foe on Friday, saying the protesters who accosted Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in a Washington, DC, restaurant last month overstepped the line.
“I think when someone is in their private life, I do think there’s a certain civility that should be recognized across the board,” he told WNYC radio.
“There’s still gotta be some humanity in the equation and some sense that people are still individuals.”
The issue came up when Hizzoner was asked about rebuffing a homeless woman who approached him last week while he was stretching on a floor mat at the Park Slope YMCA.
The mayor walked away from her, but insists it’s only because she was violating the gym’s rules by filming inside.
De Blasio said other types of protests while politicians are “on duty” — such as when Sen. Jeff Flake was confronted by activists inside a Capitol elevator about the vote on then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — are totally legitimate.
It’s not the first time the mayor has stood by his political nemeses in the federal government.
He also disagreed with the move by the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in June.