New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received a brutal welcome to the 2020 presidential primary after announcing his campaign Thursday morning.
De Blasio joined 23 other Democratic candidates in the race to take on President Donald Trump for his seat in the Oval Office. In his announcement video, de Blasio touted many of the far-left policies he pushed in New York City, including universal health care, mandated paid leave, and an increase to the minimum wage. He even bragged about his hotdog-banning Green New Deal.
Watch de Blasio’s announcement:
It's official…New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for President of the United States.
Here's his announcement video… pic.twitter.com/A9gDtfLzGo
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 16, 2019
Although de Blasio is clearly trying to position himself as a far-left candidate who can match President Trump’s New York attitude, it didn’t take hold following his announcement. The mayor was lit up on social media with no one pulling punches.
His potential opponent blasted him as the “worst mayor” in the country and told people to vote for him if they enjoy paying taxes and high crime rates.
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
The president wasn’t alone in slamming de Blasio. Twitter was a storm of anti-de Blasio jokes and questions for why the mayor even got in the race at this point. Even the New York Post was laughing at the mayor.
Got to love the N.Y. Post. pic.twitter.com/ovZkJwnT2s
— Rich Riker (@richriker) May 16, 2019
Used to think I wasn’t popular or rich enough to run for President but now thanks to @BilldeBlasio I know all I need is more cash
— Kat Timpf (@KatTimpf) May 15, 2019
I genuinely want to understand who the Deblasio voter base is. pic.twitter.com/LKBrnq0rz2
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) May 16, 2019
You know…You don't actually HAVE to run for president just because everybody else is https://t.co/lcP2LhWRMJ
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) May 15, 2019
His own constituents were especially outspoken, with several New Yorkers calling out his record as mayor and their distaste for his presidential ambitions.
DeBlasio has gutted NEW YORK – when Giuliani was MAYOR -New York thrived the only thing ProgressiveSocialists are good at is creating shitholes ! And yet the UNTOUCHED ELITE of New York are still supporting those damaging policies – why is that ? Everyone is pulled down not UP https://t.co/fwTOLDfX8l
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) May 15, 2019
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 16, 2019
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 16, 2019
Some even questioned if the mayor had broken the law by using what appeared to be city property for his own political ambitions. De Blasio’s announcement video was filmed in the back of an SUV which looked to be his city-issued vehicle.
Not to be a killjoy, says, @bobhardt, but not only did de Blasio film his intro ad in a SUV but in the back of what appears to be his city vehicle — which he's not allowed to film political ads in, https://t.co/13R6rtYRRq
— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) May 16, 2019
This is probably not the warm welcome de Blasio was hoping for when he entered the race this morning. It is still unclear how de Blasio will shake out in the primary. More than three-quarters of his constituents in New York City didn’t even want him to get into the race as of April.