In a sea of political whoppers, this one is barely a keeper — and perhaps the most head-scratching admission a New York City mayor has had to make.
Eric Adams, a self-declared vegan, confessed under duress Monday night that he sometimes eats fish, just hours after refusing to reveal his eating habits at a morning press conference in Brooklyn.
In a prepared statement released by City Hall shortly before dinnertime, Adams came clean following reports that he had been spotted dining out, pescatarian style, at various restaurants .
“Let’s be clear: Switching to a plant-based diet saved my life, and I aspire to be plant-based 100% of the time,” Adams said.
“I want to be a role model for people who follow or aspire to follow a plant-based diet, but, like I said, I’m perfectly flawed and have eaten fish at times.”
The aquatic admission followed a spontaneous rant earlier today when Hizzoner – who said he had lost weight and cured himself of diabetes by adopting a plant-based diet – broached the subject of his food intake without any prompting.
“Does Eric eat fish?” Is he eating a burger? Does he do that? Does he do that? he said.
“You know, I mean, it’s just, listen, here’s my message: the more plant-based meals you have, the healthier you’ll be.”
Adams added, “Ignore the noise. Don’t worry about what’s on Mayor Adams’ plate. Put these items on your plate because I live a healthier lifestyle.
When later asked if he actually ate fish, Adams, who wrote the 2020 cookbook Healthy Finally: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Diseases chronicles,” replied, “I eat a plant-centered plant life.”
“Some people want to call me vegan – vegans eat Oreos and drink Coca-Cola, not me,” he said.
“Those who are the food police to me, they can be the food police all the time.”
And in an unexpected statement from someone who avoids meat, he added: “I’m not going down that rabbit hole of what you eat.”