New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio targeted President Donald Trump during a BuzzFeed event Thursday, issuing a challenge and insulting the real estate mogul.
“I challenge you, Donald Trump, to come to New York City, and I will debate you about what’s right for New York City,” the New York Post quoted de Blasio saying.
The mayor didn’t leave it at that, either.
“When his presidency is over, really soon, he will not be welcome back,” de Blasio said.
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De Blasio, who is polling less than half of a percentage point ahead of Marianne Williamson, a woman who thinks nuclear radiation can be wished away, is obviously in need of a big victory with Democratic voters.
But his 2020 numbers aren’t the only thing de Blasio should be looking at. If he were paying attention when a Siena College poll dropped in June, he would have learned some very troubling information.
De Blasio’s rating among New Yorkers was abysmal. Of the registered voters polled, only 29% viewed their mayor favorably. This would be humiliating for any leader, but during a presidential campaign, it’s damning.
Although there’s not one main reason New Yorkers are turning against de Blasio, could be partly from his actions during his campaign. Recently, the city suffered a blackout while de Blasio was busy trying to scrounge up voters in Iowa.
Residents weren’t too happy with that style of “leadership.”
The poll also asked New York voters about another prominent figure — Donald J. Trump.
And in the diverse liberal mecca of New York City, 34% saw Trump in a favorable light.
Let that sink in. Despite the relentless mainstream media assault, the constant cries of racism and bigotry, and most of Hollywood and the entertainment industry weaponized against him, the polled New Yorkers still saw Trump more favorably than de Blasio.
While most answering still saw both Trump and de Blasio in an unfavorable light, this goes to show that New York’s mayor better think twice before he tries to score points with people who like the man he’s insulting better than himself.
If de Blasio thinks this will rocket him above the 1% threshold and take him out of the realm of long-shot presidential candidates, he’s in for a rude awakening. If his reputation continues to plummet, it soon might be de Blasio who isn’t welcome in New York City.
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