We’re starting to lose count, but if New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces his bid for the presidency this week as he is reported to do, we’re pretty sure he will become the 1,000th Democrat in the field. And what a lucky number 1,000 he will be. Apparently under the belief that only having one self-declared socialist in the field is not sufficient, de Blasio will bring his ugly, quasi-Communist approach to politics to a Democratic field that is already lousy with far-left influences. You can bet that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is watching these developments with a close eye.
From the New York Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio will jump into the 2020 presidential race next week, according to four people with knowledge of his plans, entering a crowded field of 21 other Democratic hopefuls and two Republicans — dead last.
The 2020 kickoff could come as early as de Blasio’s birthday on Wednesday, when he’ll turn 58, two sources said.
And not a second too soon. The last-minute announcement by the mayor — whose reputation for being late was cemented by his tardiness to a 2014 event honoring victims of American Airlines Flight 587 — has many politicos scratching their heads.
“Whatever theoretical bases he may target are already being courted by nationally recognized figures,” one of the sources said. “He may have a shot if every Democratic candidate is caught sending racy selfies to minors.”
Wow, you know there is a shortage of enthusiasm for de Blasio’s candidacy when even the friendly New York Daily News is casting the report with this kind of snark.
While he shores up his plans to run for the big office, de Blasio has courted controversy by getting into a feud with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. After the American Museum of Natural History canceled an event scheduled by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce upon learning that they would name Bolsonaro their Person of the Year, de Blasio heaped praise upon the museum and scorn upon the right-wing populist leader.
“His overt racism, homophobia and destructive decisions will have a devastating impact on the future of our planet,” de Blasio wrote in a statement.
As such, Bolsonaro cancelled his visit to New York altogether and de Blasio got to pat himself on the back for being oh-so-enlightened and woke. Maybe the controversy will even allow him to kick off his campaign with some bang-up polling in the 1% area.
But probably not.