New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hatred for the president shines through in a new interview with New York Magazine in which the Socialist-leaning Democrat resorts to name-calling.
In the mayor’s opinion, President Trump is a creation of the city’s “tabloid culture,” and can be characterized as “profoundly racist” and a “spoiled brat.”
“I think Trump is much more than a New Yorker,” he said. “Trump is a spoiled brat. He has lived a privileged life. His dad engaged in racist practices and taught his son at his knee. I think there’s something about Trump that should not be mistaken for any typical New York personality. He, in the end, was a precursor of this right-wing, tabloid approach to politics. He called for the execution of the Central Park Five in the ’80s.”
De Blasio reportedly met with the then-president-elect shortly after his victory in November, and he said their hour-long conversation gave him hope that Trump would “govern from the center.”
“If I gave you a perfect transcript of that meeting, you would say, aha, okay, it was all a big horrible charade, and he sounds so reasonable, and this is going to be very, very different from his campaign,” he said. “But, literally, it only took weeks to see the Steve Bannon influence, and the true Donald Trump, that Trump who obviously is profoundly racist … that that was the real person, a hateful, negative person.”
De Blasio ultimately endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, after holding out, but later said Bernie Sanders’ “message” would have beaten Trump. He counted Sanders and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) as active politicians he admires.
Up for re-election in 2017, de Blasio won the general election in 2013 after emerging from a Democratic primary dominated by Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.
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