Democratic personalities discussed Amazon's decision to waive an agreement to build a New York seat on Sunday on "Meet the Press" on NBC.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed Amazon for canceling its HQ2 project, saying the tech giant was "taking his chances and going home."
The company announced in November that it would create 25,000 jobs at a large campus in the west end of Long Island City, Queens.
Despite job creation projects under the project, lawmakers and local interest groups reacted immediately, particularly with regard to the company's decision to accept tax relief equivalent to about $ 3 billion. of dollars. Locals also questioned the company's circumvention of the local land use process.
After the announcement, Mr. de Blasio immediately replied by saying "it must be difficult to do in New York" and if Amazon could not recognize the value of the city, "its competitors will do".
"I have no problem with my progressive colleagues who criticize an agreement or want more than Amazon – I wanted more from Amazon too," Blasio said. "In the end, it was an example of corporate abuse of power.They had made an agreement with the residents of New York City."
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In its statement announcing the cancellation of the agreement, the company said its decision was based on the fact that "a number of state and local government officials have made it clear that they are opposed to our presence and would not work with us to establish the type of relationships needed to move forward with the project. "
De Blasio pointed out that the response was a disappointing response to the joint discussions on "democracy".
"They said that they wanted a partnership, but as soon as there were critics, they left," said de Blasio. "What does it mean for workers, that a company would leave them dry, just because some people have made criticisms?"
The decision to cancel the project was praised by renowned Liberal legislators, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortezand Massachusetts and 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Despite the party's vocal celebration, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez downplayed the possible perceptions of Democrats as anti-business, arguing that progressive lawmakers only opposed damaging companies.
"What the Democrats are fighting for is a shared prosperity … a moral capitalism, a capitalism that understands that when we all succeed, we all succeed," Perez said. "When the middle class succeeds, when people looking to enter the middle class succeed, everyone succeeds."
"Can you be a democratic socialist and for capitalism?" host Chuck Todd asked.
"Absolutely," said Perez before noting the initial condemnation by former President Ronald Reagan of social programs such as Medicare, which he described as socialist. "Some people want to try to use and abuse labels, here is what the Democrats are: we are about to get results.
Despite the widespread opposition of liberal lawmakers, de Blasio had first taken the lead in concluding the deal with Amazon.
"I represent 8.6 million people and a clear majority of them think that our economy needs to be fairer, but of course we need growth, we need jobs." and income, "said de Blasio. "But progressives can do both."
Other supporters who have said that the long-term effects of the agreement would largely offset the other economic difficulties that it would impose, which Blasio reiterated.
"We were fortunate here to do something very positive for our city and for the workers," he said.