Despite his (literally) lordly stature, he doesn’t rise even to the putz level.
As de Blasio hold a campaign-style, government-funded rally at Trump Tower, he says now is not the time to talk about his presidential ambitions
— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) May 13, 2019
His NYC subjects are sceptical! NYMag:
All that mayor of New York and presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio wanted to do on Monday was to travel by SUV caravan to a home of the current president and lambaste him for the steep emissions emanating from his buildings. But de Blasio’s conference at Trump Tower was derailed when a group of protesters counterprogrammed the mayor’s eight-minute speech by playing surprisingly loud music in the lobby, chanting “you suck” (the jack-of-all-trades of heckling phrases), and holding signs that read “Trump 2020” and “Worst Mayor Ever.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that the event was inundated with protesters, considering that three out of four New Yorkers don’t want the mayor to run for president and he held the speech at the historic capital of Trump World. But de Blasio held his ground: “This is a public space where people are allowed to express their views. In New York City, we’re perfectly tough. If people want to offer their opposition, it doesn’t change me one bit.”
On paper, de Blasio’s speech was meant to promote the NYC Green New Deal and publicize a City Council bill passed in April requiring buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to cut emissions. De Blasio, who has yet to sign the bill, said it’s a symbol of the city’s intention to hold all landlords accountable, “even the president of the United States.”…
Against all evidence, de Blasio remains convinced that, if the White House is to be occupied by a “brash, big-picture” New Yorker, it should be him — no matter what all those timid timeservers in his own inner circle may say behind his back. From the Atlantic, last week:
Multiple people close to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave up trying to talk him out of running for president earlier this year. Now he’s reportedly going to try to win Iowa and New Hampshire without most of his friends—or even people on his payroll—supporting him…
“Everyone has an honest assessment of his flaws, except, maybe, for him,” said one current New York City Council member who wanted to remain nameless to avoid upsetting work with the administration. But de Blasio, who started his career as a political operative and ran Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign before winning a New York City Council seat in Brooklyn in 2001, has never lost a race—and was written off at the outset every time. Now he’s watched Buttigieg, the mayor of a city that’s a fraction (of a fraction) of New York’s size, become a phenomenon. Based on conversations I had with people who have spoken with him, de Blasio thinks that it should be him. He also thinks Buttigieg’s surprise surge proves that it could be him. If Democrats want a mayor evangelizing progressivism, de Blasio’s right here. De Blasio has always seen politics as more about the campaigning and less about the gritty work of governing, people who like him and people who dislike him agree. He may not be an operative anymore, but he still thinks like one…
To be fair, if the NYC media I read is any indicator, de Blasio was angling for a Presidential run even as he began his campaign for Mayor. Because that worked so well for John Lindsay, back in 1972. As I’ve said before, I’d have a little more respect for de Blasio if he went full Lindsay and switched parties before his big announcement, but this is about self-promotion, not achieving anything useful.
The NYTimes, under the header “A Mayor Walks Into Trump Tower. A Circus Follows”:
… But the news conference also showed how the mayor’s interest in running for higher office may derive, at least in part, from a desire to escape the persistent interest of local media in probing the minutiae of his mayoral management.
The mayor was asked about an ethics panel inquiry last year into his fund-raising practices, which he has repeatedly refused to acknowledge. He ducked the question again.
And he was asked, for the second week in a row, about a 2015 fender bender involving his official vehicle, which went unreported at the time. An article in The Daily News on Monday said that the mayor’s S.U.V. had crossed over into the opposite flow of traffic on 135th Street at the time of the crash.
Mr. de Blasio ducked again, saying that he was waiting for the Police Department to tell him if the incident was handled properly. (A copy of the police report included the preliminary finding that the mayor’s police driver was “at fault for driving counter flo.”)
Finally the mayor finished and left through the back of the building. His protesters took the equivalent of a victory lap, up and down the escalators (though in fairness it was a draw), and then marched out of the building’s Fifth Avenue doors, exiting under a huge American flag that hangs there. They refused to speak to reporters…
Protesters on the right, riding escalator. Note the loud music pic.twitter.com/LfWFpbI9Ve
— Yoav Gonen (@yoavgonen) May 13, 2019