Mayor Bloomberg: “The Constitution doesn’t protect tents. It protects speech and assembly.”

October 19th, 2011

I suppose Bloomberg would also argue that the Constitution doesn’t protect guns, but it protects arms (as in limbs).

The mayor expressed concern that those exercising a “right to be silent” might be getting drowned out amid the din of the protests.

“We can’t have a place where only one point of view is allowed,” he said. “There are places where I think it’s appropriate to express yourself, and there are other places that are appropriate to set up Tent City. They don’t necessarily have to be one and the same.”

Can some lawyer on New York City’s payroll explain to him what the hell a right is, and a right to remain silent doesn’t even remotely apply here. And isn’t his statement per se  viewpoint discrimination?