The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group.
The president said, "He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he's your man. NYC HATES HIM!"
De Blasio's constituents have not appeared excited about the prospect of their mayor running for president. As he took the stage, behind him were protesters holding signs that said "failed mayor" and "worst mayor ever", as well as his face on the body of Big Bird from "Sesame Street".
Why de Blasio has made a decision to join at such a time is anyone's guess, but as NPR notes, now he will have to find a way to stand out in the oversaturated field in a race which many top Democrats and allies have cautioned him against entering. Or as Twitter user ComfortablySmug noted, "Really wonder just how many people will reply with 'Fix the subway.'" Although to be fair, New Yorkers don't usually wait for their progressive mayor to announce for president before righteously complaining about the condition of the subway. On Thursday, he attended a fundraiser on Manhattan's Upper East Side - not far from the mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion. Trump has largely avoided visiting the city, saying he doesn't want to snarl traffic, as he did during Thursday's evening rush hour.
The interview proceeded with de Blasio arguing that he's running for the advancement of the working class, swinging at President "Con Don" Trump multiple times in the process.
"I wish him luck".
"I will not rest until this government serves working people", he said. "We're coming for you". The mayor has spoken about how his father, Warren Wilhelm, a veteran who lost part of his left leg in World War II, descended into alcoholism and killed himself when de Blasio was 18. On Monday, he held a news conference inside Trump Tower to call on the Trump Organization to meet newly enacted emissions standards in their skyscrapers, or face significant fines. The president retweeted some of his son's attacks.
"I wish the Mayor the best of luck in this endeavor, but it's important that the presidential campaign doesn't detract from the critical issues facing NY".
"I know how to challenge this guy", he said.
Following the announcement, councilmembers were shy to share their thoughts on the mayor who still occasionally roams City Hall. Meanwhile, Johnson will have the chance to craft and advance fresh policy ideas without de Blasio around to slap them down.
Even the New York Times got in on the act. He dropped a groundhog that died soon afterward.
Others told Politico on background that his campaign was "idiotic" and "f-king insane".
Trump, meanwhile, had lived his entire life in NY before becoming president but has only made a handful of return trips since taking office. "And a lot of Americans believe this is not a fair country right now".
"He's a progressive who's very conservative", said George Arzt, a long-time Democratic operative in NY who was press secretary to former Mayor Ed Koch.
De Blasio said he was sure he'd do better.