A pro-Trump artist has flung pizza slices over the gates of New York City Hall in protest over a proposed new law which could see pizzerias scrapping coal and wood-fired ovens.
The bizarre demonstration was caught on camera, as self-described ‘freedom fighter’ Scott LoBaido tossed an entire pie piece by piece over the black iron gates to the official building on Monday.
LoBaido screams: ‘Give us pizza or give us death!’ and claims the administration is ‘destroying every small business’ as he flings the margarita slices.
His demonstration seems to take aim at the city’s proposals to introduce new rules requiring pizzerias with ovens installed before May 2016 to buy expensive emission-control devices.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) drafted the legislation in hope of slashing carbon release by 75 percent.
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Scott LoBaido marched up to the gates of New York City Hall before flinging slices of margarita pizza over them in a protest against a proposed new emissions law
The pro-Trump artist hurling a slice of pizza over the gates of City Hall in Lower Manhattan
It comes as Greenhouse gas emissions have hit ‘an all-time high’ – with 54 billion tons of carbon dioxide having been emitted each year for the past decade.
Wearing an off-white shirt and blue denim jeans, LoBaido loudly aired his grievances with the city’s recent policies on migration, LGBT pride events, and crime rates before launching the first slice.
His declaration ‘give us pizza or give us death’ references a famous phrase from the Revolutionary War.
‘Give me liberty or give me death’ is a quote attributed to 18th-century American politician Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention in 1775.
Henry is credited with influencing the convention to pass a resolution to deliver Virginian troops for the war, in which George Washington’s American Patriot forces defeated the British, establishing the independence of the United States.
LoBaido said he was confronted by uniformed cops but was not arrested, getting away with a summons instead.
New York Mayor Eric Adams responded to the incident by inviting LoBaido to eat a vegan pie with him and talk over the new proposed environment law
LoBaido loudly aired his grievances with the city’s recent policies on migration, LGBT pride events, and crime rates before launching the first slice
Pizza gate is the latest stunt by the Staten Islander, who is known for his right-wing political art demonstrations and for depicting the American flag
New York Mayor Eric Adams responded to the incident by inviting LoBaido to eat a vegan pie with him and talk over the new proposed law, according to Fox News.
‘Every toxic entity that we remove from our air is adding up to the overall desire to deal with shrinking our carbon footprint,’ Adams said on Monday.
‘The public can weigh in without throwing pizza over my gate.
‘They could have delivered me the pie and allowed me to eat the pie and sat in the COW and have a conversation with me.
‘And so, I’m going to call the person who threw pizza over my gate to tell him he needs to bring a vegan pie to me, so we can sit down, and I want to hear his side of this.’
Adams added: ‘I love my vegan pizza with vegan cheese. And something about pizza, like, does anyone dislike pizza? Everyone likes pizza.’
LoBaido is a pro-Trump artist who has made headlines with his political stunts before, including after he waved a banner over the Staten Island Expressway depicting former mayor Bill de Blasio holding up Lady Liberty’s severed head.
The Staten Islander, who has been painting murals for 25 years and specialises in images of the American flag, claimed the 2020 New York City mayor was turning the Big Apple into a ‘s***hole’.
In January last year, he poured fake blood on the doorstep of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office to protest what he called the newly-elected DA’s ‘woke policies’.
The Pro-Trump artist is known for his depictions of the US flag. Pictured: LoBaido painting the Betsy Ross American flag outside the headquarters of Nike in New York
LoBaido’s controversial art pieces include a guillotine with the words ‘BRING ME BACK’ written on, suggesting he is in favor of capital punishment
Last year, the Staten Island artist poured fake blood on the doorstep of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office to protest what he called the newly-elected DA’s ‘woke policies’
Before flinging the pizza slices, LoBaido takes aim at the ‘woke-ass idiots who run this city are doing everything in their power to destroy it’.
Referencing the latest New York Pride parade, which took place on Sunday, LoBaido claimed there were ‘naked men with their titties bouncing around all over this city… in front of children’.
He also blasted what he called ‘the most violent, raging crime rate ever’ in the Big Apple and claimed that ‘we are being invaded by illegal immigrants who are being treated way better than our homeless veterans’.
‘Our city’s schools produce the dumbest kids, and the woke-ass punks who run the city are afraid of PIZZA,’ LoBaido shouts.
‘The world used to respect New Yorkers as tough, thick-skinned and gritty – now we’ve been pussified, it’s a damn shame.
‘You’ve heard of the Boston Tea Party, well this is the New York Pizza Party – give us pizza, or give us death!’