De Blasio Dodges Questions About Supporter Alec Baldwin’s Anti-Gay Rant [Update]

Mr. de Blasio speaking outside City Hall today, yet silent on Baldwin rant.

Mr. de Blasio speaking outside City Hall today.

Actor Alec Baldwin surprised the country last night by going on a profanity-laced Twitter rant against a Daily Mail reporter, which included physical threats and homophobic insults like “you toxic little queen.”

But given 14 hours to respond, the man Mr. Baldwin has endorsed in the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio, has had nothing to offer but radio silence. Indeed, the city’s public advocate declined to comment on Mr. Baldwin–who is set to host a widely-touted fund-raising dinner on Mr. de Blasio’s behalf–in-person earlier today.

In the past, Mr. de Blasio has staunchly defended the LGBT community, even pushing back against a heckler recently in front of a socially conservative audience. But when asked about it today at a press conference condemning Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial defense of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic, Mr. de Blasio said nothing and quickly darted from his post outside City Hall.

Another candidate in the mayoral race, Anthony Weiner, recently came under harsh criticism for not immediately condemning a voter’s homophobic slur against City Council Speaker Christine Quinn–forcing Mr. Weiner to apologize.

Mr. Baldwin’s rant came in reaction to a Daily Mail article that reported his wife had tweeted during yesterday’s funeral of fellow actor James Gandolfini.

Update (4:34 p.m.):Mr. de Blasio’s spokesman, Dan Levitan, issued a statement condemning Mr. Baldwin’s language: “Bill de Blasio believes the language used was clearly unacceptable.” He also said Mr. de Blasio had not heard Politicker’s question at the event earlier today.

Read some of Mr. Baldwin’s tweets from last night below:

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