New York Mayor Bloomberg said this on The Daily Show concerning the ground zero area mosque:
“The difference is we’re in an election season. And this whole issue, I think, will go away right after the next election. This is plain and simple people trying to stir up things to get publicity and trying to polarize people so that they can get some votes. And I don’t think that most of these people who are yelling and screaming really care one way or another.”
Not only is Bloomberg defending “religious freedom” now, but he’s picked it up a notch by questioning the motives of the mosque opponents and insinuating that they’re simply “rent-a-mob” types. Smart move for somebody who claims to want to bring people together.
As far as the accusation that politicians are trying to “get publicity and trying to polarize people” with their mosque opposition in an election year, I think Bloomie owes Harry Reid an apology.
It’s too bad Bloomberg can’t see the ridiculousness of continually pointing out that there are also “porno shops and fast food places” near ground zero. If the WTCs were taking down by peepshow dancers and cheeseburgers, he might have a point, but otherwise all Bloomberg’s doing is proving that he just either can’t understand 9/11, or refuses to. Probably a little of both.