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Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially announced his 2020 bid for the Democratic nomination for president, making him now the 23rd (ish, who really cares at this point) person joining the fray.
And how’s it going for de Blasio?
Outside Gracie Mansion just now, woman runs by and shouts, “Don’t do it, Bill!”— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) May 15, 2019
Me: “He’s doing it”
Jogger: “I can’t believe it. Nobody wants it.”
Not great. And it gets worse from there.
For starters, his own announcement got scooped. By a high schooler.
Yesterday, Good Morning America teased an interview with de Blasio today, where everyone expected him to announce. But one astute politics kid got his hands on an email that already revealed de Blasio was running.
Even better, they misspelled his name as “di Blasio.”
For those keeping score, de Blasio's 2020 announcement appears to have been scooped by a high school journalist & the Iowa group hosting his visit spelled his name wrong https://t.co/0QoP6ley9Y— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 15, 2019
With his announcement no longer a secret, this morning, de Blasio tweeted out his launch video.
Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America, because it's time to finally put working people first.https://t.co/p7LYipgAPg— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 16, 2019
Join me: https://t.co/sjKUWB2LwR #BdB2020
As New York City’s public transportation is currently crumbling, everyone wanted him to know that instead of running a doomed bid for president, he should fix the subway.
Fix the subway— JP (@ishouldnobetter) May 16, 2019
fix the subways u towering buffoon— Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) May 16, 2019
Then there were some who noticed de Blasio filmed his announcement in a government vehicle, which would be against the law.
Not to be a killjoy, says, @bobhardt, but not only did de Blasio film his intro ad in a SUV but in the back of what appears to be his city vehicle — which he's not allowed to film political ads in, https://t.co/13R6rtYRRq— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) May 16, 2019
Driven by a City employee and on City time. Also looks like a couple segments - Blue room with antiques - were filmed in Gracie Mansion.— Cece Surfs (@CeceSurfs) May 16, 2019
If that wasn’t enough, Republicans are already issuing talking points about de Blasio, highlighting his murder of a groundhog, a thing that really happened.
The RNC oppo on de Blasio does not ignore the groundhog incident: pic.twitter.com/dpC4nsFXom— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) May 16, 2019
And then there were the ex-de Blasio aides who said he was running simply because he was “bored.”
A former top aide for De Blasio told me this is exactly right: He is utterly bored and hates being mayor. He doesn’t expect to win but he just wants to get out of NYC. It’s... pathetic. https://t.co/hFdhMcMVv7— Jesse Eisinger (@eisingerj) May 16, 2019
De Blasio 2020 fever! Catch it!
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]