Democrat New York City Mayor Eric Adams suggested at a press conference to hire migrants as lifeguards because they’re “excellent swimmers.”

“Those jobs that we’re in high demand we could expedite. How do we have a large body of people that are in our city and country that are excellent swimmers and at the same time we need lifeguards?” Adams questioned.

“And the only obstacle is that we won’t give them the right to work to become a lifeguard. That just doesn’t make sense,” he continued.


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From the New York Post:

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday suggested migrants should be hired to fill the city’s lifeguard shortage — because “they’re excellent swimmers.”

Hizzoner dropped the comment after being asked during a City Hall briefing about lifeguard staffing at the city’s beaches and pools, which have increasingly had issues in recent years, ahead of Memorial Day.

Going off on a tangent, Adams indicated that Gotham’s lifeguard shortages could easily be fixed if migrant work visas were being expedited for those jobs that needed to be filled quickly.

Patch reports:

Adams has a long history of making odd choices.

Hizzoner has warned parents, through a now-infamous 2011 PSA, that their kids can hide guns in pillows, bullets behind picture frames and “something as simple as a crack pipe” in a “popular knapsack.”

He has proposed installing booze-filled traps to drown rats. (The less said about the traps’ resultant rodent slurry the better.)

And he once said New York is the greatest city in the world because any day could be another 9/11.

Those are just a few examples of Adams, as City & State New York memorably tweeted, making “the weirdest comment you’ve ever heard” during what should be a normal appearance.

Adams’ latest, arguably offensive, head scratcher came in response to a reporter’s question about lifeguard staffing ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

The mayor, unprompted, brought up his past proposal to speed up work permits for the city’s tens of thousands of asylum seekers.

Adams’ comments follow New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, saying some black children in the Bronx don’t know what the word ‘computer’ is.

New York Governor Faces Backlash For Saying ‘Black Kids In The Bronx Don’t Know What A Computer Is’ [WATCH]

“Young black kids growing up in the Bronx who don’t even know what the word ‘computer’ is,” Hochul said.

“They don’t know these things. And I want the world opened up to all of them,” she added.


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