2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tried — and failed — to take a shot at his competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for flipping back to supporting the pro-life Hyde Amendment.
In a pair of tweets published Wednesday afternoon, de Blasio — who struggled to explain his White House bid when his constituents said he “shouldn’t run” — attempted to slam Biden after his campaign confirmed that the former vice president still supports the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions except in cases of incest, rape, or when the mother’s life is in danger.
De Blasio claimed in his tweets that the controversial amendment “only hurts low income women, especially women of color” and that the eventual Democratic presidential candidate should “support [the] repeal” of the measure.
He then attempted to blast Biden, saying that “when it [came] to supporting American women on issues like repealing the Hyde Amendment, @JoeBiden is Dr. Jekyll.”
And when it comes to supporting American women on issues like repealing the Hyde Amendment, @JoeBiden is Dr. Jekyll.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) June 5, 2019
However, de Blasio missed a key fact in trying to take a dig at Biden: Dr. Jekyll is a good guy.
The New York City mayor was making a reference to the famous work of author Robert Louis Stevenson, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” where the title character, Dr. Henry Jekyll, drank a serum to suppress the evil within himself that ended up creating an alter ego — the violent Edward Hyde — whom he struggled to control changing into.
The tweet prompted Twitter users to roast de Blasio, with one user offering to meet the mayor at the New York Public Library so that they could “review the plot of that book.”
Hey Bill, join me at the @NYPL and we can review the plot of that book.
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) June 5, 2019
Jekyll is the good one.
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) June 5, 2019
Hyde is the monster. Frankenstein is the doctor.
— Kevin Collier (@kevincollier) June 5, 2019
— Dog Dadbod (@UWFerris) June 5, 2019
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 5, 2019
How are you so bad at this?
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) June 5, 2019
One thing that de Blasio did get right with the comparison — although probably unintentionally — is that Biden seems to be flip-flopping between supporting and opposing the Hyde Amendment.
As IJR Red previously reported, Biden was confronted by an ACLU volunteer last month who asked him if he still supported the pro-life measure. The former vice president responded by saying the amendment “can’t stay,” signaling that he supported a repeal.
On Wednesday, Biden’s campaign told The Hill that the White House hopeful still supported the controversial amendment that many of his 2020 competitors — including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — oppose.
Biden’s support of the Hyde Amendment might raise a few questions for him as the first round of the Democratic primary debates kicks off later this month. The former vice president is currently leading the pack in the polls, with self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in second.
De Blasio, in comparison, is not doing too hot in the polls.