On yesterday’s Your World, Fox News' Charles Gasparino fear mongered, with a little help from host Neil Cavuto, about what a Bill de Blasio mayoralty could look like. De Blasio was elected New York mayor the day before in a huge landslide. But Gasparino called him “Comrade” de Blasio and suggested it was just a matter of time before we’ll see “the epicenter of capitalism being held hostage by a potential socialist.”
Host Neil Cavuto said, “Charlie, you’ve been warning and saying this guy’s to the left of left and makes prior liberal mayors pale by comparison. …Why are you worried?”
Gasparino said, “I call him Comrade Bill De Blasio, and one of the reasons why I do that is, you know, I’ve always refrained from calling Barack Obama, the president, a socialist because he didn’t nationalize the banks. He didn’t want real socialism. This guy gave aid and comfort to the Sandinistas, he built up a very left voting record, and public policy record, and he’s never disavowed his flirtation with the Communists.”
“So what would that mean for outsiders listening in?” Cavuto pressed.
“This is the epicenter of capitalism,” Gasparino said. “…When you have the epicenter of capitalism being held hostage by a potential socialist, that’s a real problem. …The banks are going to suffer, the banks are going to pay more money in taxes. We should point out that his grand plan is to do this sort of pre-school education for everybody, it’s built on the notion that he could raise income taxes on rich New Yorkers. That has to be approved by the state legislature, by the governor, which they’re probably not going to approve.”
Gasparino continued, “…Suppose he can’t get that tax increase passed on individuals. He’s going to go right to the business community and guess what that is? Those are banks that are under pressure from Washington, you could see a lot more bank layoffs.”
“Could you also see banks just pack up and leave?” Cavuto pumped.
Gasparino didn’t think so. But, he said, “They’re gonna pack up some stuff …Hire less people, maybe move more people overseas.”
But with all that fear mongering, they didn’t have time to go through de Blasio’s actual record. Business Insider did and concluded he is not nearly as much of a departure from New York's current mayor as people think. Also, Socialist Workers candidate for Mayor, Dan Fein – a real socialist – says de Blasio is “just the opposite” of a socialist. Fein says, “(De Blasio) defends capitalism. He’s a candidate of the Democratic party, one of the main capitalist parties.”