Mayor Bill de Blasio claims he’s gotten under Donald Trump skin by entering the 2020 race — but it seems more like it’s the New York Post that’s ruffled Big Bird’s feathers.
The Democratic hopeful was promptly grilled about the barrage of negative media coverage of his longshot presidential bid after calling into MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.
“Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post has been attacking me and ‘Con Don’ himself, Donald Trump, not only tweeted me, he created his own video,” de Blasio said from the campaign trail in Iowa.
“I’m very impressed.”
He was responding to co-host Joe Scarborough, who held up Friday’s New York Post bearing the headline “Everyone hates Bill!” and pointing out, “Everybody has been mocking you.”
De Blasio continued ranting about Trump, boasting, “I’m a New Yorker, I know how to deal with a bully” and saying the video the president tweeted bashing him Thursday night was “music to my ears.”
Scarborough interjected, “By the way, that plane that the president is flying in, do you know what Mayor de Blasio calls it? Con Air.”
“Con Air!” de Blasio chuckled. “You beat me to it. You beat me to it.”
Meanwhile, co-host Willie Geist pointedly asked the termed-out mayor about his specific plans to redistribute wealth in the country — but was met with a vague response.
“Willie, it’s been for too many years a government of and by and for the one percent. Let’s be clear, going all the way back to the beginning with Ronald Reagan and it’s been an unbroken chain up until the Trump tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations,” de Blasio said. “More and more money and power concentrated in the hands of the very few. What’s happening to working Americans? What’s happening to middle-class Americans?”
When Geist pressed him again, de Blasio answered, “First, let’s repeal those tax cuts, those tax breaks that Trump gave to the wealthy and corporations, let’s bring up the taxes for the wealthy to the level they should be at.”
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