Haitian publication defends Bichotte Hermelyn

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Assemblyman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn speaks during the New York State Democratic Convention in New York on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. Photo: Seth Wenig, AP

The Haitian Times, a publication primarily aimed at immigrants and descendants of immigrants to this Caribbean island, recently accused the media of criticizing both Brooklyn Assemblyman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and Mayor Eric Adams. , the same way they attacked then-Mayor David Dinkins. in the 1990s.

The article’s author, Garry Pierre-Pierre, says the media has pointed the finger at Bichotte Hermelyn, who is also president of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, to attack her whenever her husband, political allies and even her political enemies become newsworthy – “even when there is little, if any, significant connection to her.

Pierre-Pierre also does not rule out legitimate criticism of Bichotte-Hermelyn, but says that when he criticized the Democratic leader it was “precise and direct” as well as constructive, rather than being an all-out attack. .

As for Adams, he points out that last year his Brooklyn residency came into question, and Adams had to show the media around his home in the borough to prove his residency. “It was a reminder that Trump was forcing Barack Obama to show his birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States,” he says.

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