NY mayor: Trump's shooting comments 'incredibly insensitive'

Donald Trump, Bill de Blasio
Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Sunday said GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: 'I’m just flabbergasted’ by Clinton-Lynch meet Trump's new digital strategist quickly leaves campaign GOP megadonor compares Trump to Biblical figures MORE was “incredibly insensitive” to say he could “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot people” and not lose voters.

ADVERTISEMENT
“We had a moment in our nation's history we're talking about how to deal with the scourge of gun violence,” the mayor told ABC’s “This Week.” “And for someone who says he wants to be president to say that, it shows he's just not presidential.”

De Blasio added that it is “incredibly arrogant” for Trump to suggest that his voters will follow him “no matter what he does.”

De Blasio also weighed in on the prospects that Michael Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor, might enter the 2016 race.

“Well, I respect my predecessor for sure. But two things, I'd say. One, my candidate is Hillary Clinton, and I really believe she will be the next president of the United States,” de Blasio said.

“And the second thing is, I don't think the people of this country want to give more power to billionaires at this point,” he added. “I think that's what this election increasingly is about, how do we address income inequality? How do we restore the middle class? I don't think most Americans think that billionaires are the ones who are going to help give us a more fair economy.”

More in Presidential races

New pro-Clinton ad hits Trump's 'dangerous' policies

Read more »