After hinting about it so long that most people stopped caring, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio officially launched his bid to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
He’s candidate number 23, and his campaign is already floundering.
De Blasio started out his campaign by pushing for universal, government-funded Pre-K in America and a $15 minimum wage, according to CNN. That, and the fact that he’s been selling his own version of the Green New Deal, made him stand out from the other candidates...not at all.
But President Trump felt De Blasio’s announcement was at least worth a good laugh.
“The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group,” he wrote on Twitter 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!”
Trump seems about spot-on, judging by the response De Blasio is getting.
“De Blasio received 1% support in a third poll today (Reuters/Ispos), meaning he is the 20th candidate to reach the threshold set by the DNC for the first two primary debates,” political writer Gave Fleisher noted.
A Quinnipiac University survey revealed that the mayor didn’t poll well in his own city, saying, “De Blasio should not run for president, New York City voters say 76 - 18 percent. Every listed party, gender, racial, borough and age group agrees that the mayor should not hit the campaign trail.”
The New York Post mocked De Blasio with a full-page cover image on Thursday of young people laughing their heads off while eating popcorn.
Protesters chanted “Liar! Liar! Liar” right outside the window of the “Good Morning America” studio. He had a great view of them and could hear them clearly as he announced his presidential run.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest police union, mocked De Blasio in a full-page newspaper ad depicting him as a jester, the New York Daily News reported. They’ve been in a battle with him over salaries.
A man-on-the street survey of subway riders in NYC didn’t turn up many people who were excited by their mayor running for the highest office in the land.
It can be easily pointed out that Trump didn’t poll that well in New York City when he announced he was running for president, but he was running as a Republican in a Democratic stronghold. He did, however, manage to still get 36.5% of the votes in the state during the general election, according to the New York Times.
Pollster Frank Luntz even predicted that socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) would perform much better than De Blasio — or any other Democratic candidate — if she were old enough to run for president, Fox News reported.
Apparently, AOC’s biggest strength is looking like she actually believes the crazy stuff that comes out of her mouth.
“The key is authenticity," Luntz said. "You want to be able to say what you mean, mean what you say. You want to be able to look straight at the camera and be yourself. At least half of them [the 2020 hopefuls] are trying to be something that they’re not.”