Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio finally made it official on Thursday: He’s running for president, making him the 24th candidate vying for the Democratic presidential nomination to take on Donald Trump in 2020 — and the president welcomed the “beauty” to the crowded field in classic Trump fashion.
“The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”
The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2019
Trump’s comments about residents of New York City “hating” de Blasio is an apparent reference to some problematic polls for the progressive mayor, as the New York Post highlights:
De Blasio has the dubious distinction of being the only candidate or potential candidate out of 23 contenders to earn a negative rating among national Democrats in a March Monmouth University survey. A total of 24 percent gave him a thumbs down while just 18 percent had a favorable view of him. At home, the numbers are even worse. A staggering 76 percent of Big Apple voters don’t think he should run, according to an April Quinnipiac University Poll.
In his announcement video released Thursday, de Blasio actually jokes about New Yorkers being “really pissed off at you.” “Good thing about New Yorkers is they look the same whether they’re really pissed off at you or they like you,” he says while riding through the city in the back of a vehicle with the window down.
The mayor tweeted out the video — which is a bit more upbeat and creative than most of his competitors, at least for the first half — by underscoring the theme of his campaign: “Working People First.”
Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America, because it's time to finally put working people first.https://t.co/p7LYipgAPg
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 16, 2019
Some of the ways he suggests he has proved that he will “put working people first” is by implementing the magical $15 minimum wage, guaranteeing sick leave, expanding health and mental health coverage — because “healthcare is a human right” — and offering free pre-K programs. He’s also pushed his climate change agenda, as he recently attempted to promote in the lobby of Trump Tower to rather disastrous results.
And, of course, de Blasio presents himself as the guy most capable of taking on the big “bully” in the Oval Office. “I’m a New Yorker. I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone else here,” he says. “And I know how to take him on.”
After touting various ways he’s fought back against Trump, including insisting on sticking with the Paris climate change agreement after the U.S. pulled out, de Blasio declares his anti-bully motto: “Don’t back down in the face of the bully — confront him, take him on.”
He also vows to “take on the wealthy” and the corporations to redistribute wealth, saying, “There’s plenty of money in this world. There’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands.”
As The Daily Wire noted Wednesday, one of Trump’s sons also recently offered his rather low opinion on de Blasio. After de Blasio tweeted, “You and your dad have spent decades evading taxes and stiffing your workers,” Eric Trump responded: “First you have never created a job in your life. Second, our great city has gone to shit under your leadership. Crime is up, the men & women of the NYPD detest you, homelessness is rampant, our streets are dirty and people are leaving our city in record numbers.”