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De Blasio endorses Sanders for president

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation How education entitlements can worsen racial disparities Five states account for nearly 44 percent of new US COVID-19 cases MORE officially threw his support behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign on Friday, arguing that Sanders is the candidate to take down President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE in November. 

“I am standing with Bernie because he stands with working families, and always has,” de Blasio, a former 2020 presidential contender, said in a statement released by Sanders's campaign. 

“New Yorkers know all too well the damage caused by Donald Trump’s xenophobia, bigotry and recklessness, and Bernie is the candidate to take him on and take him down," he continued.

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The New York mayor also touted Sanders's policies and record as a lawmaker. 

"I have called for a bold, progressive agenda, and that’s exactly what Senator Sanders has championed for decades. I am proud to endorse a true progressive leader who will fight for working New Yorkers and families across the country.” 

De Blasio endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClose the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster MORE over Sanders in 2016, despite sharing a number of Sanders's progressive stances. 

The mayor dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary in September, saying he would continue to focus on the needs of the working class. 

"Yes, Donald Trump lies to working people, but he at least pretends to talk to them," de Blasio wrote in an NBC News op-ed. "That may be enough for him to win, if we do not constantly make it clear that the Democrats are the party of everyday Americans in rural counties and urban centers, the coasts and the heartland." 

Sanders's policies and platforms, such as "Medicare for All" and raising the minimum wage, are catered toward working-class Americans. 

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De Blasio's endorsement comes as former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe truth behind companies' 'net zero' climate commitments The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan Bloomberg, former RNC chair Steele back Biden pick for civil rights division MORE rises in the polls. 

More than a hundred current and former mayors, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Francisco Mayor London Breed have endorsed Bloomberg's presidential bid.

Bloomberg's campaign has called the growing group the "Mayors for Mike" coalition. 

This report was updated at 6:28 p.m.