Mayor Bill de Blasio knocked Michael Bloomberg’s latest flirtation with a White House bid on Monday, saying there’s “no way” his billionaire predecessor should top the Democratic Party’s ticket in 2020.
“This is a Democratic Party today that is getting more progressive, that wants to address the concerns of working people, that does not accept the status quo,” said de Blasio, whose own failed quixotic White House bid ended in September after well-publicized struggles with fundraising and polling. “There is no way in the world that we should nominate a billionaire who epitomized the status quo.”
“I would certainly prefer him over [Republican President] Donald Trump, but does he represent today’s Democratic Party? Of course not. Not even close!” de Blasio added.
He made the remarks to reporters after marching in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Midtown, where he was greeted with a chorus of curses and boos.
De Blasio’s remarks harkened back to attacks he’s leveled against his three-term predecessor as far back as the 2013 mayor’s race, during which he borrowed from Charles Dickens and ran under the banner of a “tale of two cities” to deride Bloomberg’s wealth and alleged detachment from working-class New Yorkers.
This is not the first time de Blasio has taken shots at Bloomberg’s interest in running for president.
In February, he predicted on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that the billionaire would be “laughed out” of the 2020 presidential race if he opted to run.
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