Although de Blasio is clearly trying to position himself as a far-left candidate who can match President Trump's NY attitude, it didn't take hold following his announcement. The president said he was the right man "if you like high taxes & crime". The Department of Investigation found earlier this year that the mayor had improperly solicited donations for one of his now-defunct political nonprofits from people and organizations with business before the city. Another de Blasio donor was convicted in January for bribing NYPD officers.
"I know how to challenge this guy", he said. But voters resented her role in the City Council acquiescing to Bloomberg in his quest for a third term, which they felt thwarted the democratic will of the people who voted to limit mayors to two terms. "I'm a New Yorker, I've known Trump's is a bully for a long time".
In a preview of what could be to come, the event drew scathing insults on Twitter from Trump's two oldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who run the family company.
Then there's the fact that being mayor of NY is a coveted job, but it creates passionate and vocal enemies.
But unlike the other white guys leading early polls and peddling around in circles tooting their horns, de Blasio doesn't seem to have much of a following.
Update: According to a newly released Quinnipiac University poll, 76 percent of registered NYC voters think de Blasio should stay out of the race, with 47 percent believing a run will be bad for the city-and that's across all demographic groups. Just 21% of New York City Democrats wanted him to run for president.
"I'm a New Yorker". "I'm pretty good at predicting things like that". The mayor will then head to SC for the weekend. De Blasio, in his second term, is term-limited for the 2021 mayoral election. Few in de Blasio's political circle urged him to launch his campaign, one that many ex-aides feel is fueled by boredom with his current job, a lack of bold ideas in the aftermath of a near police mutiny and frustration that he has been eclipsed by other progressives, like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. It also made no bones about de Blasio's support for the scientific consensus on climate change, a veiled swipe at Trump's denial of scientific fact.
But he has consistently polled well among African-Americans in NY and he is married to a black woman, Chirlane McCray, a poet and activist who describes her sexual orientation as fluid.
De Blasio doesn't plan to step down while he's running.
But it's unclear whether de Blasio, who struggles with approval ratings in his own city, has a shot on the national stage.