Trevor Boyer , Melkorka Licea and Chris Sommerfeldt
New York Daily News
New Yorkers from both sides of the political aisle came together Thursday in a united front of disgust for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nascent 2020 presidential bid, ripping Hizzoner as “completely out of touch” with what Americans need in the next election.
Throngs of protesters waited for de Blasio as he arrived at ABC News’s “Good Morning America” studios in Times Square shortly after 8 a.m. for his first interview since announcing his 2020 campaign in a YouTube video.
“If you can’t run the city, you can’t run the country,” shouted a phalanx of about 150 members of the city’s largest police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“New York deserves better and the country deserves better,” union boss Pat Lynch said.
Meanwhile, a group of left-leaning protesters were also on site to voice their distaste for the bumbling mayor.
“He claims to be a progressive, but what we’re seeing right now is regressive policies,” said Rev. David Brawley of Brooklyn, blasting de Blasio for breaking his promise of spending $400 million on public housing for senior citizens. “Either do the job, or give up the job. Step up, or step down.”
The Republican National Committee predictably painted the self-styled progressive mayor as a left-wing radical who can’t be trusted.
“Americans can rest assured that he won’t win, but unfortunately his socialist policies fit right in with the rest of his comrades in the race,” RNC communications director Michael Ahrens said in a red-baiting statement.
An equally as reviled native New Yorker also dished on de Blasio’s 2020 aspirations.
“I can’t believe it. I just heard that the worst mayor in the history of New York City, and without question the worst mayor in the United States, is now running for president,” President Trump said in a video recorded on board Air Force One en route to the Big Apple for a fundraiser. “I wish him luck, but really it would be better off if you get back to New York City and did your job for the little time you have left.”
Less partisan-minded city residents weren’t enthused with de Blasio’s 2020 bid either.
“I’m shocked he believes that so many people in the country will actually vote for him,” said John Richard, 52, an interior design supplier from Manhattan. “He’s completely out of touch. The ego and conceitedness it takes for him to genuinely believe that is unbelievable.”
Despite the widespread disdain, de Blasio was able to claim at least one boon from the people he serves.
“I think he’ll do a much better job than Trump,” Bronx retiree Larry Richardson, 64, said. “The president doesn’t care about poor people at all, but De Blasio is for the people.”
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