In a year that has seen the Democrats apparently go with quantity over quality, another clown has decided to join the circus that is the list of Democrats looking to challenge Trump in 2020. The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, issued an announcement Thursday morning that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, saying President Trump “must be stopped.”
de Blasio is the 23rd desperate Democrat to officially throw his hast in the ring, looking for a shot at the White House and the second this week alone, following Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s announcement on Tuesday.
Bill De Blasio is considered a terrible mayor by the majority New York City’s residents, even being criticized by other Democrats at times. He seems to have a screw missing if he truly thinks he has a chance in 2020. The second-term mayor’s central platform will be “working people first” as he seemingly is targeting those same voters that Hillary Clinton overlooked in the 2016 election.
“Doesn’t matter if you live in a city or a rural area, a big state, small state. Doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is. People in every part of this country felt stuck or even like they’re going backwards,” he said in his announcement video posted online.
De Blasio took direct aim at Trump, calling him a “bully,” adding that “I know how to take him on … Don’t back down in the face of a bully, confront him … Donald Trump must be stopped, I’ve beaten him before, and I will do it again.”
Bill touted his “experience” as mayor as his qualifications. Under his governance the city saw minimum wage raise to $15 an hour which led to residents then complaining about a higher cost of living as a direct result. “We built an agenda that puts working families first,” De Blasio said.
De Blasio has already begun making his rounds, having visited early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire. A spokesperson of his said that he plans to travel again to Iowa on Friday and South Carolina on Saturday.
The underperforming mayor had teased his announcement for some time. Most recently, he appeared at a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on Monday. He appeared to be laying the groundwork for his announcement but was met by a crowd of protesters at a raucous rally promoting the city’s Green New Deal.
In an interview with Fox News’, Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director and New York native shared his opinions on de Blasio.
“This guy is an unmitigated disaster,” Scaramucci said, panning the mayor’s New York City “Green New Deal” that he said restricts the use of steel and glass in skyscraper construction. Scaramucci called the policy “nonsense” and said it was an example of de Blasio “appealing” to the left wing of American politics and not realizing he could “upset the entire economic apple cart.”
Bill de Blasio has not been able to drum up much excitement amongst his constituents. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76 percent of New York City voters said they believed de Blasio shouldn’t run and gave the mayor “an anemic 42-44 percent job approval rating,” which is lower than President Trump, who de Blasio has been a strong critic of.
Republican National Committee Communications Director Michael Ahrens said the mayor’s far-left positions were a symptom of the state of the Democratic Party. “Bill de Blasio is a liberal extremist who wants the government to control everything from your health care to what you eat,” Ahrens said in a statement. “Americans can rest assured that he won’t win, but unfortunately his socialist policies fit right in with the rest of his comrades in the race.”