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Liam Neeson uses his 'particular set of skills' to take on Bill De Blasio's horse-drawn carriage ban

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Liam Neeson is a badass, okay? You know it, I know it — it’s a fact of life. The man kicked Batman’s butt, taught Obi-Wan Kenobi everything he knew, commanded the gods of Mount Olympus and killed, like, half of Paris.

On Saturday, Neeson taught President Obama how to deal with Vladimir Putin.

And you know what Neeson is using those skills for now? He's furious over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages.

“This is an industry that’s been here since before Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration,” Neeson told carriage drivers and Teamsters Union members on Sunday. “It’s a connection with our past. It’s a connection with our history.”

Neeson toured a Manhattan horse stable with city councilmembers to show them the horses are not treated badly.

“These horses are well cared for,” Neeson said. “The mayor wants to replace them with electric cars. That's exactly what New York needs, more cars. This experiment has been tried with electric cars in San Francisco: Failed, abysmally.”

De Blasio declined to attend the tour, which “disappointed” Neeson.

“He should have manned up and come,” Neeson said.

If Neeson tells you to man up, you might want to rethink some life choices.

Because Neeson knows who de Blasio is. He knows what the mayor wants. The actor has money. He has “a very particular set of skills.” Skills he has acquired over a very long acting career. Skills that make him a nightmare for politicians trying to enact unpopular policies.

If de Blasio gives up the ban now, that would probably be the end of it. But if he doesn’t, Neeson will look for supporters, find supporters and kill the ban.

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