Lest you think the media has entirely abandoned their vendetta against the homeless in favor of topless ladies, we bring you the tale of one former Mayor of 9/11 Town, who sat down for an interview with NBC New York to discuss that one time he called the cops on a homeless person who took a dump outside his East Side apartment.
Indeed, Rudy Giuliani—known for "cleaning up" NYC's homeless population by arresting them, sticking them in underserved shelters, and axing their community service programs—did not care for the homeless man who was "defecating and urinating" on his block.
"Do you know when people lived on the streets and didn't use bathrooms inside?" Giuliani said, with his signature restraint. "It's called the Dark Ages."
Ye Lorde Our God Of 9/11—who, to repeat, "cleaned up" NYC's homeless population by arresting them, sticking them in underserved shelters, and axing their community service programs
—asked cops to remove the man in question about two weeks ago, but was told the owner of the townhouse outside which the man was relieving himself was cool with him sleeping there. Eventually, cops did remove him.
This is, of course, all Mayor de Blasio's fault. Though both the current mayor and Giuliani leaned on Commissioner Bill Bratton, it was really Giuliani's "brain" that kept the homeless population
off the streets hidden from view. "I didn’t need a task force,” Giuliani told NBC. “It was me and Bratton. My brain. His people.”
Homelessness has been on the rise for over a decade, in part because of an economic crisis that gripped the nation long after Giuliani left office so he could repeatedly remind everyone that he saved the Universe on 9/11. And though he has been credited with cleaning up the homeless population during the 1990s, the de Blasio administration pointed out that imprisoning panhandlers doesn't exactly solve the homeless problem in the long run. "Instead of 'getting rid' of people, Mayor de Blasio wants to implement long-term solutions to homelessness, building new shelters, providing supportive services and ensuring the mentally ill homeless receive the care they need," de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said in a statement.
So, thanks for the input, Rudy. Can you tell us another bedtime story about all the black lives you saved during your glorious reign?