The president of the New York Police Benevolent Association (PBA) shredded New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an official statement after the latter announced his bid for the White House.
On Thursday, de Blasio announced in a video that he was joining the crowded Democratic presidential primary field to try to secure the nomination for the right to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House in the 2020 race.
Not long after the announcement, New York PBA President Pat Lynch blasted the Big Apple’s mayor for ignoring the “problems here at home” while being “upstaged” by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the campaign trail, and he torched de Blasio’s decision to run as “laughable”:
It is laughable that a mayor who has shown no interest in running New York City now says he wants to mismanage the entire country. While the mayor of our nation’s largest city is busy running around Iowa and getting upstaged by the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, there are real problems here at home.
Lynch — whose organization represents over 50,000 officers, active and retired — pointed out in the statement that de Blasio had “checked out of [the] contract process” for New York City police officers, which has resulted in “wages 30 percent below market rate” for those serving in law enforcement.
The New York PBA president went on to torch de Blasio, claiming he would be an “unmitigated disaster” if he was to become president based on his “six years of disrespect” to New York City law enforcement.
#BREAKING Statement from PBA President Lynch on @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio’s Presidential Run. “While the mayor of our nation’s largest city is busy running around Iowa and getting upstaged by the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, there are real problems here at home. pic.twitter.com/0HO4OQYu3u
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) May 16, 2019
De Blasio joined a growing Democratic primary field that has now increased to 24 candidates. The announcement prompted a response from Trump, who slammed de Blasio as a “joke” and proclaimed that “NYC hates him!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2019
De Blasio will have to face off against serious contenders for the nomination, such as former Vice President Joe Biden as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Biden and Sanders are considered front-runners in the race.