Sen. Bernie Sanders took a subway experience with Mayor de Blasio on Monday — however solely after ready 10 minutes for a downtown A” practice.
The progressive bosom buddies met at Penn Station shortly earlier than eleven am to experience simply 5 stops to Fulton Road, however have been pressured to make small speak on the platform due to delays in service.
As they waited, they have been serenaded by a pair of musicians after which brought about a ruckus once they entered a packed practice with dozens of reporters, photographers and bodyguards in tow.
Riders shouted out encouragement, snapped photographs and shot movies — and at one level a person began shouting “Lock up Trump! Lock up Trump!”
Sanders steered Hizzoner’s so-referred to as millionaires tax proposal to fund the MTA lengthy-time period might work miracles.
“Whenever you experience on the subway, you must journey in consolation, you must journey in a subway automotive the place you possibly can sit, the place you realize the place the practice is coming,” stated Sanders. “That isn’t a radical concept. It exists all over the world.”
The proposed tax faces a tough street in Albany, which must approve it.
Sanders insisted he wasn’t taking sides in a battle between Gov. Cuomo and de Blasio over easy methods to fund the subways — despite the fact that Cuomo has referred to as the millionaires’ tax proposal “lifeless on arrival.”
“I’m not taking sides — to be trustworthy I’ve received sufficient to maintain me busy in Washington with out getting concerned in New York State politics,” Sanders stated. “[To] ask individuals on prime to pay slightly extra in taxes, I feel that’s truthful, I feel it’s the best factor to do.”
The mayor — who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 over Sanders — echoed Sanders’ message of a rigged monetary system that has propelled these on Wall Road to the highest of the heap.
“They obtained lots of what they acquired due to legal guidelines that benefited them particularly, and tax legal guidelines written for them,” stated de Blasio.
The mayor for months has declined to help requires half-fare Metrocards for the bottom-revenue New Yorkers — regardless of a hefty metropolis price range surplus — and solely embraced the thought as a part of his proposed tax on the rich.