Eric Adams, the Democratic Mayor of New York City, is being snubbed online by both progressives and conservatives for belittling the state of Kansas for lacking a “brand” as Republicans also beat his record for the top spot in the most populous city in the world put down the country.
Adams drew anger for his casual remark during a news conference on Tuesday about his recent humanitarian trips to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. During the trip, Adams said people quickly recognized New York City, unlike Kansas, which Adams says “has no brand.”
After the remarks, Adams was harshly criticized for lending credence to the trope of urban liberals looking down on their rural counterparts used by Republicans against Democrats.
“Do you think it’s possible to stop saying stupid things every day that help Republicans and hurt Democrats?” Don Winslow, author and liberal political activist, said in a tweet. “You don’t have to give a shit on Kansas to pump up NYC. This clip has been played by Republicans for years. You’re terrible at it.”
Michael Quinn Sullivan, a conservative activist and editor of the Texas Scorecard, tweeted, “People are fleeing your corrupt and dangerous city to go to places like Kansas.”
“Maybe your ‘brand’ isn’t what you think it is,” he said.
During the press conference, flanked by other city leaders, Adams described how he and other elected officials traveled to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where many New Yorkers have connections, to help with relief efforts following devastating storms.
Adams called New York City an “international city” and “America’s city,” and recalled the reactions of viewers during the trip when they noticed his polo shirt with “Mayor” written on the back. He said the message was clear to residents of the disaster-hit regions: “You matter.”
“We take that for granted sometimes,” Adams said. “We have a brand. New York has a brand, and when people see it, it means something, you know?”
Chuckling, Adams added, “Kansas doesn’t have a trademark.”
The US Census Bureau reported in May that New York City experienced its largest population decline last year when 305,465 residents left the expensive and busy city. That’s almost six times the drop of 53,624 in 2019.
Meanwhile, the population of Kansas reached nearly 3 million as of the 2020 U.S. Census, adding about 100,000 residents to the vast open spaces since the 2010 census.
Some conservatives used Adam’s comments to launch culture war attacks against Democratic-run jurisdictions.
“We go to the bathroom and believe that God creates boys and girls and guns are legal and murders are rare,” said Matt Schlapp, chair of the Conservative Political Action Coalition a tweet. “Your turn, Mr. Mayor.”
Actor Eric Stonestreet tweeted, “I’m from Kansas and have been to New York many times,” along with a promotional video that touted the state’s landscape and its culinary and cultural contributions.
“I find beauty in both places and in the people of both places,” he said. “Too bad NYC’s leader-elect can’t say the same.”
While Adams said during the press conference that New York City is a beacon, he has previously disparaged flyover states. During his campaign last year, he urged a crowd in Harlem that newcomers to Iowa and Ohio “return,” according to reports The New York Times.
But Tim Rice, associate editor of The Washington Free Beacon, said a tweet that Adam’s statements had united the political sphere.
“Conservatives and progressives come together to freak out because Eric Adams went into hiding in Kansas,” he said. “It’s amazing. New York rocks.”
news week has reached out to the Adams office for comment.
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