In a highly charged address on Monday, Mayor Adams attacked left-wing beliefs and bemoaned the perceived loss of American spirit among young people.
The mayor made the scathing remarks after citing a Thomas Jefferson quote about the “tree of liberty,” which is frequently understood to be about armed conflict, during his remarks at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s annual Memorial Day celebration.
Adams stated, “You water the tree of freedom with your blood.” We are shielded from the destructive effects of socialism, communism, and other ideologies by the shade of that “tree of freedom” as we sit here.
In his tirade against the left, the mayor avoided mentioning any one administration or leader. Adams’s representative declined to comment.
The moderate Democratic mayor raised concerns earlier in his address about a survey from the previous year revealing that only 38% of Americans consider themselves “extremely proud” of their nation.
Adams identified as “part of the 38 percenters” and believed that more should be done to instill a sense of patriotism in the next generation, including promoting Pledge of Allegiance recitations daily.
Every child should begin the day with that optimism and that genuine pledge; he continued, “just as I do.”
Progressive Democrats criticized Adams’ Memorial Day remarks on social media because they felt the mayor should have condemned fascism as well.
“How about letting your mind and eyes be opened to the existence and dangers of fascism?”Tweeted former state senator for a district encompassing a portion of the Bronx and Westchester County, Alessandra Biaggi.
Progressive Brooklyn Councilwoman Sandy Nurse, who frequently criticizes the mayor, took offense to the fact that he borrowed a line from Thomas Jefferson.
“Ah, well, Thomas Jefferson—a man who amassed 600 Black slaves during his lifetime, increasing his wealth. Nurse tweeted at Adams, calling him “a man who raped his sister-in-law, who was also a slave, and kept his children in forced servitude.”
Jefferson didn’t water the trees of liberty, but he did water them with blood.