New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) was met with protesters chanting “Liar!” during his appearance Thursday morning on “Good Morning America” to tout his White House bid.
As the liberal mayor, fresh off announcing his 2020 Democratic presidential run, spoke about his bid on ABC, protesters shouted, “Can’t run the city! Can’t run the country!”
Protesters chant “liar” through GMA’s window as @BilldeBlasio kicks of his announcement on the show pic.twitter.com/v0WdZYQ2UE
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De Blasio is the 24th candidate to join the Democratic presidential race, and he faces an uphill battle in earning the party’s nomination as he competes against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and several sitting or former senators and governors.
“Right now the federal government is not on the side of working people, and that’s because Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is playing a big con on America,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tells @GStephanopoulos after announcing his campaign for president. https://t.co/tjkOIw2SA0 pic.twitter.com/o0CSugvqs1
— ABC News (@ABC) May 16, 2019
“Working Americans deserve better. And I know we can do it because I’ve done it here in the largest, toughest city in this country,” de Blasio said during the segment broadcast from New York City. “I’ve done it. I’ve proven it can be done.”
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At one point during the interview, ABC anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Presidents should not ‘fuel the flame’ National security adviser defends Trump tweets: The president ‘wants to de-escalate violence’ Sanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden MORE paused the interview to mention the loud disruption outside the studio.
“You say it’s a tough city. We’re hearing it outside, some protesters,” Stephanopoulos said.
“A little serenade,” de Blasio laughed.
Stephanopoulos brought up an April Quinnipiac University Poll that found 76 percent of New York City voters, including 73 percent of Democrats surveyed, didn’t want de Blasio to run for president.
“What should the rest of the country think when so many of your fellow New Yorkers [are] saying, ‘Don’t run?’” Stephanopoulos asked.
“I think you’d agree that the poll that actually matters is the election,” de Blasio replied. “I think about polling in general — it’s not where you start, it’s where you end.”