In the latest New York City mayoral race, there were three prominent votes that were not counted—those of Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, as well as the ballot belonging to First Lady Melania Trump. The three applied to vote via absentee ballot in the mayoral election on November 7. However, they made “mistakes” on their applications and ballots, so their votes were not counted, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
The New York City Board of Elections (BOE) reported on the issue. When you cast a ballot via mail, you must sign the envelope. Melania Trump did not. Ivanka mailed her ballot too late, so it was not counted. Kushner applied for and obtained a ballot, but never mailed it at all.
Only President Trump followed the proper directions for his absentee ballot. He crossed every “t” and dotted every “i”. He mailed it on time and even signed the envelope. He did make one mistake; he listed his birthday as July 1946 instead of June, but that likely does not make his ballot invalid.
It’s not that big of a deal that the three Trump family votes did not count. Incumbent mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, won by a landslide 67 percent. His Republican challenger was Nicole Malliotakis.
Who did Trump likely vote for? Probably not de Blasio. The two have been at war with each other—via Twitter and in the media—for more than a year.
One of Trump’s blistering attacks came this past summer, when the president sharply criticized de Blasio over his handling, or lack thereof, of the MS-13 gang problem on Long Island. Trump criticized de Blasio for interfering and not letting police do their jobs to corral the vicious gang members: “I’ve met great police who aren’t allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor who doesn’t know what’s going on.”
De Blasio later used the incident in a campaign e-mail to supporters, asking for re-election cash. DeBlasio referred to Trump’s speech as “incoherent”. In essence, here is what the email said, lending credence that true politicians will never pass up an opportunity to capitalize on raising more funds.
“Chip in $3 to Bill de Blasio’s re-election campaign as a way of saying we will never allow Donald Trump or one of his supporters to lead the largest and most diverse city in America. No way!”
Trump criticized DeBlasio over signing a sanctuary city law that created a legal loophole for criminals to use to avoid deportation. The law was supposed to help young people avoid an early-in-life criminal record by allowing police to treat certain crimes as civil rather than criminal—things like noise violations and minor in possession of alcohol charges. But deBlasio and police applied the law to everyone, not just young first offenders.
But here’s the catch—if the crime is civil, police do not have to report immigration status to ICE. Since NYC is a sanctuary, these illegal criminals never had to worry about being deported.
MS-13 is a violent gang that originated in El Salvador and has been a tremendous problem in Long Island. Gang members typically migrate to areas that already have Salvadoran communities, like the several communities on Long Island–Brentwood, Central Islip, Huntington Station, Hempstead and Freeport.
ICE officials say the gangs numbers have surged since 2015, due in large part to the DACA migration of unaccompanied minors across American borders, as well as chain migration. Shockingly, there are more than 700 gang members in the Long Island area.
Gang members have been indicted for extremely violent crimes, like the Islip quadruple homicide and the Brentwood murders of two teenage girls.
MS-13’s profile has become much more deadly. Incoming members from El Salvador are eager to prove themselves to established gang members in America, so the crimes keep escalating in violence as a result. Police commonly see murders and slashings done with the gang’s weapon of choice–the machete.
Most gangs commit violence to serve another purpose, like robberies or drug deals. MS-13 is different—they commit violence simply for the sake of committing violence.
Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have declared war on MS-13, vowing to eradicate them from the country. And Trump has been and will continue to be critical of anyone, like deBlasio, who stands in the way of that mission.