Bill de Blasio is willing to question Christopher Columbus’s history of violence on Columbus Day, but don’t ask his main rival to do the same thing.
“I think that is an inappropriate question to ask on a day when we’re honoring his birthday,” Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate in the race, told Politicker this afternoon when asked to share his thoughts on Columbus as an influential figure in European imperialism. (In fact, the day celebrates the landing of Mr. Columbus’s ship in the Americas.)
While he’s beyond proud of his Italian-American heritage, Bill de Blasio nevertheless stops short of celebrating Christopher Columbus, the famed Italian explorer who also committed violent atrocities, according to historical records.
“The historical figure of Columbus is complicated to say the least,” Mr. de Blasio, the front-running candidate for mayor, said today at a press conference right before he marched in Manhattan’s Columbus Day parade. “One thing, he went to work for Spain, I don’t know how I feel about that, as an Italian-American.”