Former New York City Council Speaker and candidate for Public Advocate, Melissa Mark-Viverito, wants to be the voice for all the people – even terrorists at war with the United States.
Mark-Viverito led the way at the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade joined by a very special guest, the bomb-loving leader of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), Oscar Lopez Rivera. The FALN, a radical Marxist terrorist group, was responsible for over 100 bombings in the United States between 1974 and 1983, including the 1975 attack on Fraunces Tavern in New York City that killed 4 people and wounded 63 more.
Lopez was arrested in 1981 after being stopped by police for a routine traffic violation. He was found to be in possession of a hand gun with a filed-down serial number and fraudulent ID. Upon the search of his Chicago apartment, authorities also found dynamite, blasting caps, timers, an automatic weapon and a bomb-making handbook for members of the FALN. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to 55 years in prison on a laundry list of charges.
Lame duck President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Lopez in his final days as Divider in Chief in 2017. Naturally, many Democrats cheered the release of the violent terrorist calling it a victory for “social justice.” Later that year, in a controversial move that caused many big Puerto Rican Day Parade sponsors such as AT&T, Corona and Coke to pull out, Mark-Viverito shared the lead float with Lopez.
Ultra-liberal New York City Mayor Bill de-Blasio even attempted to grow a spine by saying he would not march in the parade and initially insisted they would not honor Lopez. However, Mark-Viverito ultimately got her way and her guest of honor was put front and center. The cowardly de Blasio, in a move that surprised no one, decided to go back on his word to march in the parade. This is how liberalism harbors anti-American terrorist sentiment through complicity.
Fast forward to 2018, Melissa Mark-Viverito is back in the headlines and running for New York City Public Advocate in a special election to be held in Feb. 2019. In a crowded field that includes City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who seemingly runs for office every 10 minutes, DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake and a host of unheralded upstarts, Mark-Viverito is proclaiming herself as the voice for the forgotten in NYC.
One thing voters should not forget is how Mark-Viverito dishonored the victims of the terrorist acts hatched by Lopez and his cadre of communist revolutionary terrorists. The modern Democratic Party has become an incubator for such poisonous ideologies.