Who ya gonna call? BPR talks with TrumpBusting Coucilman Brad Lander

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A Park Slope lawmaker had a stirring and eloquent rebuke to Americans who support Donald Trump’s mass deportations of low-level or even non-criminal aliens over the past few days: Open your heart.

Councilman Brad Lander was the latest “TrumpBuster” to join Brooklyn Paper Radio — and he used Brooklyn’s biggest megaphone to slam the President’s approach to immigration after devil’s advocate co-hosts Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli pointed out that kicking out undocumented workers may have an upside.

“People who are here and working and following the rules should have a path to citizenship,” Lander said. “Here’s what I say to people who are so angry about their lives that they believe that their success is blocked by hard-working immigrants doing often low-wage jobs trying to take care of their families here and around the world: We are a big enough and compassionate enough country to have policies that allow white working and middle class Americans to get a good education and get a good job without blaming immigrants for problems they didn’t cause. We can’t lose our compassion.”

Lander blamed Trump specifically for the situation we’re in.

“We are at an odd and dangerous moment in the country,” he said. “Aside from the political polarization, having someone in the White House who has a diagnosable narcissism disorder is creating a level of chaos and uncertainty.”

Lander, of course, was referring to Kuntzman’s seminal piece last month in the New York Daily News that featured mental health experts finally declaring that Trump is mentally unstable.

“You’re welcome,” said Kuntzman, a columnist at New York’s so-called “Hometown Paper.”

Also on the program, Kuntzman and DiMiceli chatted with Brooklyn Heights psychoanalyst Tracy Morgan, who raised $1,600 on GoFundMe to send flowers to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Massachuse­tts.) as a Valentine’s Day show of support a week after she was censured by male Sen. Mitch McConnell (D–Kentucky) for trying to read a letter in opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ attorney general candidacy.

The flowers — 20 vases worth! — were delivered Tuesday afternoon.

“Flowers are very libidinal and sexual,” Morgan said. “These guys clearly envy her verve, her diligence. Her drive.”

Kuntzman interjected.

“Paging Dr. Freud! Are you talking about penis envy?” he asked.

“Yes! She’s got the phallus, the power. They see it and want to take it from her. That’s why they shut her down. It was about humiliation. And the flowers say, ‘We support you. We’ve got your back. Don’t let the bastards get you down.’ ”

On a sad or happy note, the boys discontinued their weekly tribute to America, failing to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the first time in three weeks. So let’s hope they remember (or forget) to sing it in two weeks, after a well-deserved vacation in Florida.

Brooklyn Paper radio is recorded and podcast live every Thursday at 4:45 pm — for your convenience — from our studio in America’s Downtown and can be found, as always, right here on, on iTunes, on Mixlr, and of course, on Stitcher.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mitch from Windsor Terrace says:
Lets see, Brad Lander states that this is a compassionate country and talks about political polarization. When it came to the now in the garbage can Lander's nickel bag fee, which he called "an irritant", Brad Lander showed no compassionate towards the hard working struggling each day to make end meets people of this city. Even though all but a few screwballs in the People's Republic of Park Slope-Sunset Park supported this nickel tax, Lander said that we all must get used to paying a nickel for each bag and if we don't like it, make sure to carry bags around daily - sounds like the talk from one with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) combined with being a Nazi dictator. And by refusing to give up when face with overwhelming rejection of his bag fee - state legislatures voted something like 220 - 30 against this bag fee, Lander ran to Albany threatening politicians - Robert Carroll, for example, cave in to Lander's demands, and this cause much political polarization in this state.

I am glad that Albany is still run by mature politicians who listen to people instead of dictating to them.
Feb. 15, 2017, 11:03 am
Casper from 1 Prospect Park West says:
Brad Lander was the only pol who helped the Prospect park Seniors. The other useless hacks showed up to at protests to get pictures taken and did no follow up.

I'm with Brad
Feb. 15, 2017, 12:54 pm
Wally from Kessington says:
Casper - If you like Lander, you can vote for him. I, for one will vote for anyone other Lander in the primary as he showed is total lack of regard and arrogance with this nickel bag tax. Any good Lander may have done for the community was cancelled out by his being the sole driving force bulls*ting that he was against plastic bags but insisted that his tax be also with paper bags. Given his intensity with his bag tax, was Lander being paid off by someone through campaign donations? And even though the majority of the people showed they are against a bag tax, Lander disrespected all by saying we must get used to this irritant. Furthermore, by not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance at the city council meetings, Lander shows disrespect for our country and all those who served in our armed forces.
Feb. 15, 2017, 3:49 pm
NN from Boerum Hill says:
Brad Lander represents real Brooklyn values. I hope he runs for mayor one day.
Feb. 16, 2017, 9:22 am
George from Sunset Park says:
Wrong, Lander represents Lander. And only Lander. You want to know why Trump won, its because of hypocrites like Lander who claim to be progressives but are in favor of a regressive bag tax which hurts the poor and middle class more than the rich. The majority of people in New York City showed there are against the Brad Lander bag tax and Lander gave the people the middle finger. That's Chicago's values, not Brooklyn's value. Lander, who has been fined for campaign fundraising violations, voted himself a 35% pay increase last year - that's Brooklyn's values? I don't think so. Lander refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at council meetings - that's not Brooklyn's values. Lander who supports illegal immigration, that's not Brooklyn's values. Lander who is in favor of public urination unless its done by a white male wearing a Santa Claus costume, that's not Brooklyn's value. This is more in line with Chicago values and perhaps Rahm Emmanuel can find Lander a job as Deputy Mayor there when he gets term limited, where he can have a free hand in further messing things up.
Feb. 16, 2017, 10:17 am

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