In an announcement video, de Blasio touted his familiarity with the president: “I know how to take him on.”
Trump did not waste much time in ripping de Blasio’s candidacy. “He is a JOKE,” the president tweeted Thursday morning.
De Blasio, 58, has faced more resistance to his presidential aspirations — including from his own constituents — than nearly any other Democrat in the race.
Nevertheless, de Blasio took a number of steps signaling his intention to run for the White House. The New York Times reported that de Blasio traveled to battleground states, held pricey donor events and spoke at high-profile political conferences.
His entry makes him only the latest in a sea of nearly two dozen Democrats vying to take on Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden took an early and commanding lead in opinion polls when he announced in late April, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have remained competitive at the top of the pack.
As mayor of a metropolis that reliably votes Democratic in presidential elections, de Blasio has taken a hard line against Trump on multiple fronts. On Monday, de Blasio staged a campaign rally-style news conference inside Manhattan’s Trump Tower.
De Blasio’s announcement comes shortly before the first Democratic primary debates in June and July. The Democratic National Committee says a maximum of 20 candidates will be able to qualify for those debates, based on polls and donor numbers. With so many candidates already tentatively cleared to participate, de Blasio may face an uphill battle trying to secure a spot on the stage.
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