New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may have performed better than some expected during Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate, but his remarks drew the ire of a police union which called his rhetoric “hypocritical” and “divisive,” according to the Daily Caller.

De Blasio, in line with the theme of excessive identity politics and pandering that pervaded the event, brought up his black son as a way to give himself more credibility on racial tensions with police officers:

“Something that sets me apart from all my colleagues running in this race and that is for the last 21 years I’ve been raising a black son in America. I have had to have very, very serious talks with my son…including how to deal with the fact that he has to take special caution.”

NYC Police Labor Union Accuses De Blasio Of Lying During Debate

“His public remarks about his son only inflamed the false narrative being pushed by race baiters that was based upon lies,” said a spokesperson for the Police Benevolent Association, according to the Daily Caller. “We believe that his contribution to the false narrative resulted in the assassination of three of our members, Police Officer Liu, Ramos and Familia.

“They were all murdered by violent people who bought into the false rhetoric that police are intentionally killing black men for no reason,” the spokesperson continued. “They were executed because they wore the blue uniform of a NYC police officer.”

The union also called de Blasio out for advocating for higher minimum wage and claiming he puts money back in working people’s hands.

“Raising wages and putting money back into the working people’s hands?” You have refused to give NYCPBA members #FairMarketPay, cut our health benefits,” a tweet from the PBA read. “You gave yourself a 15% raise. More hypocritical statemtns from @BilldeBlasio.”

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