Sen. Chuck Schumer was ripped on Twitter for dancing with funnyman Stephen Colbert backstage at the We Love NYC concert amid the ongoing catastrophe in Afghanistan and as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge across the US.
“Backstage antics,” wrote Mayor de Blasio’s press secretary Bill Neidhart in a Twitter posting Saturday before the star-studded concert in Central Park was abruptly canceled because of storms and lightning generated by Hurricane Henri.
”Must be a slow news day,” wrote a Twitter user, showing the video of Schumer and Colbert dancing with images of a child in a man’s arms in Afghanistan.
Another called out the Senate majority leader and the late-night talk show host for failing to take the situation seriously.
“These are not serious people. Good thing there’s nothing else going on that may require the Senate Majority Leader’s attention. As to Colbert, he becomes less & less relevant with each passing day,” a social media user said.
Schumer was also blasted for appearing tone-deaf even as thousands of Afghans are desperate to flee Afghanistan and Taliban rule.
“I find plenty of joy in life but this isn’t a joyful moment. This is a snapshot of the political class showing their utter disdain for the electorate and the soldiers they sent into harms way as a result of their failed leadership. Sorry you can’t see that,” said a Twitter user.
Another noted that Schumer isn’t the only one celebrating.
“The #Taliban is throwing an epic house party… dancing all over the hallowed ground & graves of American servicemen and women.” a posting said.
Others questioned why the city even held the concert as Henri moved up the coast,
“Er, not sure why NY officials ever thought going through with a ‘Covid-is-over-not-over’ homecoming concert in Central Park when Hurricane Henri was due to hit was a good idea,” said a Twitter user.
The concert, which featured LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson and Andrea Boceli, was canceled midway through a number by Barry Manilow as storm clouds and lightning caused by Henri moved into the area.
Henri, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, is expected to make landfall Sunday afternoon on Long Island.