Battenfeld: Michelle Wu’s real record on traffic-stopping street protests

Three years after she helped block traffic in a climate change protest, Michelle Wu awkwardly batted away questions about the latest demonstration to snarl traffic in the city — this time from her perch as Boston mayor.

Mayor Michelle Wu. (Herald file.)

In 2019 as a city councilor, Wu excitedly joined a few hundred protesters with the extremist environmental group Extinction Rebellion in protesting fossil fuels by shutting down a major Boston roadway, tweeting a video “Taking the Congress St bridge” from her @wutrain account.

Wu on Wednesday danced around questions about whether she supported XR’s latest demonstration that shut down several streets and intersections and resulted in 15 arrests.

“I know and I share deeply the frustration and urgency that folks face, uh, we are working every day to do our part on the side of city government,” Wu said on Wednesday.

Why isn’t Wu condemning the traffic disruptions? Because that’s not part of her agenda or her constituency.

Wu did nothing to alert Boston commuters to the protests Wednesday morning or deter them from showing up. The demonstrations came on the same day that National Grid announced a 64% spike in electricity rates this winter, but did Wu do anything about that burden on average ratepayers?

Interesting that Wu fully understands and accepts when protesters stand in front of traffic, disrupting people’s commutes and small business customers, but when it comes to a handful of people with cowbells in front of her house then she puts her foot down.

Wu never even acknowledged that she took part in a street protest a few years ago, but she can’t distance herself from her protest days. She’s Boston’s most left mayor in history, whether it’s banning fossil fuels in new construction, advocating a free MBTA, creating new city offices like the “forestry” division at taxpayer expense, or embracing new car and bicycle lanes that are squeezing out motorists.

It would be nice if Wu had the same compassion for the average middle-class person that she has for far-left extremists.

She did announce on Wednesday that she’s creating a new “forestry division” to “bolster the city of Boston’s tree canopy.”

This means hiring a new forestry chief and a dozen other new employees, with taxpayer money. It’s just the latest new division or agency she’s created since becoming mayor.

Forget the fact that there is no forest in Boston, unless you count the Arnold Arboretum, which is owned by Harvard University. Pretty sure they have enough funds to keep that going.

Wu has a way of coming up with more and more liberal new ideas while still somehow managing to look like she’s some kind of moderate.

She’s not. She just smiles a lot while spending more and more of your money.

Maybe her new friends at the Extinction Rebellion, which is pretty much all young white activists and baby boomers, can pony up some money to pay for all the disruption they caused.

(092122 Boston, MA): Mahayana Landowne walks with climate activists as they march through the streets to raise attention on the climate emergency and to pressure the MA government to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure on Wednesday,September 21, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)