New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2020 presidential marketing campaign bought off to a tough official begin early Thursday as police union and pro-labor protesters chanted “liar” exterior his Good Morning America look in Times Square.
The mayor’s arrival at ABC News’ studio was drowned out by dozens of Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association members yelling “no friend of labor,” maybe establishing a now-national combat between de Blasio and the left-wing of the Democratic Party. The jeering protesters, holding foam fingers and indicators studying, “De Blasio: Step Up or Step Down,” served to overshadow his interview with co-host George Stephanopoulos contained in the glass-walled studio within the heart of de Blasio’s native metropolis.
“You say it’s a tough city, we’re hearing it outside, some protesters came to Times Square this morning,” Stephanopoulos famous.
“A little serenade,” de Blasio quipped.
De Blasio formally introduced his candicacy for the Democratic 2020 nomination Thursday morning, making him the twenty-third Democrat to enter the race. He was joined by his spouse, Chirlane McCray, for the Good Morning America look.
“Working Americans deserve better and I know we can do it, because I’ve done it here in the largest, toughest city in this country,” de Blasio advised Stephanopoulos after being requested what “sets him apart” from the opposite candidates.
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The chanting police union simply exterior the studio was one in every of a number of labor teams in New York City who’ve publicly criticized a mayor who touts himself as a progressive, however who the Transport Workers Union just lately labeled a “fauxgressive.” The labor unions have followed de Blasio to visits in Iowa and South Carolina and berated him as an “elitist” and “anti-worker” throughout these journeys to states with early presidential primaries.
On social media, de Blasio hasn’t fared significantly better, with tweets ridiculing his 2020 campaign announcement receiving extra likes and suggestions than his authentic publish. Even the video itself has been broadly panned for overtly revealing what many say is his modus operandi of selling progressive insurance policies however not performing on them throughout his time in workplace, which started in January 2014.
“There’s plenty of money in this world, there’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands,” de Blasio says in his official candidacy announcement, proper earlier than the video cuts to him driving throughout the Brooklyn Bridge behind a limousine.
The co-hosts of Fox & Friends joined in on criticizing the mayor from their very own close by studio in Manhattan, accusing him of a false narrative that Fox & Friends helped to create: that de Blasio needs to “ban skyscrapers.”
President Donald Trump additionally weighed in, tweeting Thursday, “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!”
De Blasio responded on GMA, referring to Trump as “Don the Con.” He additionally just lately engaged in a spat with Eric Trump, which was cheered on by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Tuesday that each one residents, no matter citizenship standing or potential to pay, will likely be assured complete well being care. Getty Images Spencer Platt/Staff