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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took aim at his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, on Monday over the latter’s interest in a run for president next year.
De Blasio, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary in September, said Monday that Bloomberg, a billionaire who has been showing strong indications of entering the race, is aligned tightly with the political establishment and would be unable to rally voters.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Would he be better than Donald Trump? Of course. Should he be the Democratic nominee? No,” de Blasio told Politico in an interview. “This is a Democratic Party today that’s getting more progressive, that wants to address the concerns of working people, that does not accept the status quo. There’s no way in the world we should nominate a billionaire who epitomizes the status quo.”
The current mayor, who won his office in 2013 largely by bashing Bloomberg’s record, said national Democrats should steer clear of his predecessor.
“When he was mayor he had no understanding of the inequality crisis. I think he was absolutely tone deaf to what working people are going through in this city,” de Blasio told reporters after marching in Monday’s Veterans Day parade.
“I’m objective about the fact that there were some things he did well,” the mayor said. “I can certainly prefer him over Donald Trump. But does he represent today’s Democratic Party? Of course not, not even close.”
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