New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio believes he is following in the footsteps of the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Mahatma Gandhi.
During Politico’s “Off Message” podcast Tuesday, de Blasio made the comparisons to these legendary figures while claiming he wants to take his policies beyond New York City.
Many Democratic insiders oppose the idea of de Blasio running for nationwide office, claiming he is far too egotistical and not respected by his colleagues. One Democratic operative told Breitbart: “It’s laughable to think that the response to Trump is going to come from a progressive mayor whom progressives don’t rally around and mayors don’t respect.”
The highly disliked mayor had a message for his critics, saying it’s “banal and simplistic” that opponents expect him to fail at promoting his progressive ideas nationwide.
He then made the following comparison:
“So, every time someone tries something and it doesn’t work, it invalidates anything else they might do going forward? Tell Thomas Edison that, and Henry Ford, tell Mahatma Gandhi. How many people fell on their faces along the way trying things, experimenting with things, had setbacks? There’s no leader who hasn’t had setbacks.”
This year, De Blasio has turned his attention away from NYC issues to focus on progressive global issues. In July, he angered nearly every NYPD officer when he decided to leave New York City the day after a police officer was killed to attend protests at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Stateside, he recently visited Iowa to promote his policies of “progressive populism,” while simultaneously downplaying rumors about running for president in 2020.
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