Watch David Dinkins flip off Rangel protesters

Video of the 83-year-old former mayor showing hecklers what he thinks of them

By Steve Kornacki
August 12, 2010 8:01PM (UTC)
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Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins arrives at a birthday party/fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Rangel last night

Citing "witnesses, whose accounts were confirmed by the former mayor," the New York Times reports that David Dinkins, the 83-year-old former New York mayor, gave the middle finger to a crowd of protesters on his way into Rep. Charlie Rangel's birthday party/fundraiser last night.

But NY1, New York City's 24-hour news station, did the Times one better and got video of Dinkins' obscene gesture. We can't seem to embed the video here, but it's at the 1:18 mark of Josh Robin's report, which can be viewed here.


Also, Politico's Maggie Haberman Tweeted the following this morning:

Rangel on resignation calls: "I think Mayor Dinkins really expressed my view the best last night.....I can't find a better way to say it."

Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki is an MSNBC host and political correspondent. Previously, he hosted “Up with Steve Kornacki” on Saturday and Sunday 8-10 a.m. ET and was a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show “The Cycle.” He has written for the New York Observer, covered Congress for Roll Call, and was the politics editor for Salon. His book, which focuses on the political history of the 1990s, is due out in 2017.

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