De Blasio endorses Sanders for president

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Hochul gets early boost as NY gubernatorial race takes shape Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Boosters take a big step forward MORE officially threw his support behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign on Friday, arguing that Sanders is the candidate to take down President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal 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 ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary 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 BloombergDemocrats' combative approach to politics is doing more harm than good Battling over Biden's agenda: A tale of two Democratic parties Budget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency 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.