Former Democrat New York mayor and failed 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg had a few unexpected visitors this week, as protesters descended on his home in the Hamptons to decry income inequality. The angry group, some of them holding plastic pitchforks, was estimated at about 200 people, according to the New York Post.
The billionaire had protestors outside his $20 million Southampton mansion chanting, “Tax the rich, not the poor.” The protestors had disparate demands, including raising taxes on billionaires, providing relief to taxi medallion owners, and recent proposed cuts to the New York state budget caused by a revenue shortfall tied to the pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a 20% cut in state funding from schools, hospitals, and housing agencies. The homes of Blackstone CEO Steven Schwarzman and real estate developer Stephen Ross were also paid a visit by the protesters.
“Enough is enough — it’s time for New York State to raise taxes on the rich instead of cutting services for working people,” said Alicé Nascimento, director of policy & research, New York Communities for Change, an organizer of the protest. Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance were part of the group protesting.
The inclusion of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, with about 40 medallion cabs taking part, was also part of the pitchfork-welding mob. Times were already tough for many of them before the pandemic shut down the city which exacerbated their financial troubles. At one point, they chanted, “No more suicides. No more bankruptcies.”
According to Hot Air, members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation voiced their concerns. Nation member Rebecca Genia offered a statement: “Billionaires take our land to build golf courses and mansions, profit from the ravages of coronavirus, and exploit our labor. It’s clear the real looters in New York are billionaires — and it’s time to make them pay their fair share so we can all thrive.”
“Billionaires are experts in social distancing,” Nascimento told The Post. “They’ve chosen to live in their own world and are separate from realities of everyday people and the people whose lives they have a tremendous impact on.” Taking the protest to the wealthy enclave shows that “We are here. We are affected and not going to stand down. We’re going to make sure our voices are heard.”
Let’s see how long Bloomberg and his wealthy liberal buddies keep supporting these protests once they realize they are the protest.