Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to anger New Yorkers just hours after announcing his longshot presidential bid, raising questions of violations for using the city’s resources for his personal campaign.
After announcing his official 2020 presidential run, which was met with widespread mockery, the New York Democrat was seen arriving at a ceremony at the Statue of Liberty courtesy of a New York City Police Dept. boat.
— Courtney Gross (@courtneycgross) May 16, 2019
Although billed as an official event, with the dedication of the new museum on Liberty Island, the timing of de Blasio’s appearance just hours after announcing his candidacy sparked more questions than support.
in the auspicious Timing! department: after announcing his run for the presidency in the morning on ABC TV, de Blasio will in his role as mayor deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island.
— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) May 16, 2019
4. de Blasio may have broken the law by filming his campaign launch video in his city owned vehicle. https://t.co/ttA0Pg7IQP
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 16, 2019
The mayor continued his attacks on President Donald Trump, declaring that he will now refer to him as “Con Don” because he is a “con-artist.”
(Video: Associated Press)
As the mockery over his presidential bid continued on Thursday, the insults even rained down from the sky as the president, unimpressed by de Blasio’s announcement, called him the “worst mayor in the United States” while flying on Air Force One.
“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,” Trump said. “It will never happen. I am pretty good at predicting things like that.”
The mayor’s anticipated announcement on Thursday landed with a thud as even his own constituents questioned why he was running. His appearance on “Good Morning America” was met with protests outside of the ABC studio and a blistering cover page on the New York Post.
5. The New York Post front page pic.twitter.com/zkKB7J73Tn
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 16, 2019
New Yorkers vocally backed poll results indicating that they are not in favor of the two-term mayor’s White House bid, noting his lack of accomplishments while serving the city.
“He needs help, seriously”
“Is that a joke?”
New Yorkers know better than anyone what a disaster Bill de Blasio would be for the country
They probably want to keep their skyscrapers, toopic.twitter.com/z88aJ85v1b
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) May 16, 2019
New York City’s police union also slammed the mayor’s campaign launch, denouncing his neglect for the city while predicting he would be an “unmitigated disaster” as president.
#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
His use of police resources Thursday as he carried out official duties right after a campaign launch sparked plenty of questions and criticism.
Is this legal? Using city resources to campaign? https://t.co/JrkXGPV4eh
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) May 16, 2019
So the mayor of NY is campaigning on an island in NJ with NY taxpayer money? what a swell guy 🤮🤮🤮
— realCaptThunderPants (@pants_real) May 16, 2019
Legal or not, it demonstrates his bloated sense of importance
— 🥃 Jolly Goodtime 🥃 (@GoodtimeJolly) May 16, 2019
Nice misuse of public resources for personal benefit.
— $7WorthofHoobastank (@busterbivin) May 16, 2019
— Park Slope Pile (@ParkSlopePile) May 16, 2019
Another liberal living off other people’s money. What else is new.
— Diana perkinson (@perkinson_diana) May 16, 2019
Nothing like showcasing your tendency to abuse the power of your office, and walking with your wife that mishandled millions of dollars, while kicking off your campaign for a more powerful position. #NoChance
— ThulsaDoom (@raggman) May 16, 2019
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