De Blasio endorses Sanders for president

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioFormer Obama aide goes off on looters: 'There are human beings that live in this goddamn neighborhood' Watch live: De Blasio holds press conference on NYC protests, pandemic response The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests MORE officially threw his support behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns Sanders: Police departments that violate civil rights should lose federal funding MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign on Friday, arguing that Sanders is the candidate to take down President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 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 ClintonMark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president Trump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet Poll: Biden leads Trump, Cunningham neck and neck with Tillis in North Carolina 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 BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report 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.