De Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo'

De Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo'
© Getty Images

New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE (D) took aim at his predecessor, Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg: Trump should be impeached Bloomberg releases gun control plan Bloomberg network used widely in finance directs to his campaign site: report MORE, on Monday over the latter's interest in a run for president next year.

De Blasio, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary in September, said Monday that Bloomberg, a billionaire who has been showing strong indications of entering the race, is aligned tightly with the political establishment and would be unable to rally voters.

“Would he be better than Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE? Of course. Should he be the Democratic nominee? No,” de Blasio told Politico in an interview. “This is a Democratic Party today that’s getting more progressive, that wants to address the concerns of working people, that does not accept the status quo. There’s no way in the world we should nominate a billionaire who epitomizes the status quo.”


The New York mayor went on to blast Bloomberg over his handling of rising income inequality in the city during his time in office, calling the businessman "tone deaf" to issues of working families.

“When he was mayor he had no understanding of the inequality crisis. I think he was absolutely tone deaf to what working people are going through in this city,” de Blasio said.

“I’m objective about the fact that there were some things he did well,” he reportedly added. “I can certainly prefer him over Donald Trump. But does he represent today’s Democratic Party? Of course not, not even close.”

De Blasio's own presidential bid ended earlier this year after he failed to gain traction in early primary states. The mayor's brief presidential run was centered around support for progressive causes such as the Green New Deal and "Medicare for All."

Reports indicated this week that if the former mayor were to mount a late entry into the presidential primary, he would forgo competing in the four earliest nominating contests.

Bloomberg previously wrote in an op-ed earlier this year that running for national office would "diminish" his ability to effect change in the country.

"I know there’s much more we can accomplish over the next two years, but only if we stay focused on the work and expand upon it," he wrote in March. "And the fact is: A national presidential campaign would limit my ability to do that."