The now traditional dual light display, so familiar to Americans as a remembrance in honor of those who perished on 9/11/01, won’t be up this year. Because of Covid. The same Covid that in NO WAY prevented Bill de Blasio from skipping rules and permits to get “Black Lives Matter” painted on city streets.
“The decision to cancel the “Tribute in Light” memorial comes after the museum this year also scrapped the in-person reading of 9/11 victims’ names at the annual Ground Zero ceremony,” the New York Post reported on Friday.
On Twitter, the reaction was strong. Donald Trump Jr. unleashed on the hypocrisy over who can and who cannot go out in mass gatherings.
What an absolute disgrace. Looting, rioting, and mass protests are just fine im NYC, but honoring the dead of the Sept 11th terror attacks is forbidden.
It’s a real shame what’s happened to the city under its current incompetent leadership!!! https://t.co/VwJLwuOF24
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 14, 2020
Reagan Battalion hit the nail on the head, too.
NYC mayor @BilldeBlasio says that the 9/11 memorial lights in memory of the 2,606 New Yorkers, including 343 firefighters, won’t shine this year, because it is too dangerous for the electricians to work together to connect the lights due to COVID-19 social distancing rules. pic.twitter.com/NugFWv3PRS
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) August 14, 2020
Fox’s Janice Dean, who has been FANTASTIC in holding New York officials like de Blasio and Cuomo to account, added her particularly poignant perspective.
As the wife of a surviving member of the @fdny during the September 11th attacks, this is a disgrace. If you can have "peaceful protests" and the MTV music awards, you should be able to find ways to remember those who died on September 11th, 2001. https://t.co/DeWTQzVa1W
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) August 14, 2020
But this one might surprise you. Even New York Times writer MAGGIE HABERMAN finds the decision questionable.
The tribute was a symbol of resolve… lots of questions about why it isn't doable > https://t.co/sZv7MxM0PM
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 14, 2020
It’s not just up to the museum that has done it previously. The city could easily step in. They just aren’t.