CNN forces de Blasio to watch late-night comics ridicule him

Democratic presidential candidate Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Democrats vow to expand abortion access at Planned Parenthood event Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights Candidate de Blasio the progressive, meet Mayor de Blasio the regressive MORE early Tuesday dismissed a montage showing late-night comics roasting the New York mayor's entry into the 2020 race, calling the mockery "what they do for a living" and "normal."

“That’s what they do for a living, it’s normal,” de Blasio remarked to host Alisyn Camerota after the clips were played on CNN's "New Day."


“You didn’t think there was something a little bit nastier about the reaction to your announcement?” she asked while showing de Blasio a New York Post cover from last week ridiculing his campaign launch.

“Fox News and New York Post, you’re going to get a definite reaction because I have challenged them plenty of times,” he replied.

"I think this is something to understand about me and my candidacy: mayor of the largest, toughest city in America. I have been for six years. To me, that’s like a walk in the park," he added later. "I didn’t even notice that because I deal with really tough issues every single day ... late-night comics don't bother me."

The CNN segment included a split screen to show de Blasio's reactions to Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertKey endorsements: A who's who in early states McConnell dismisses latest Jon Stewart criticism: We 'never left' 9/11 victims behind Daily Show to air special live episodes after June Democratic debates MORE and Jimmy Fallon’s jokes.

The clips included Colbert referring to the large numbers of candidates on the Democratic side as "a clown car."

“Yet another new Democratic candidate pushed his way into the clown car. I’m talking about New York City mayor and Frankenstein’s monster’s lawyer, Bill de Blasio," the CBS host cracked.

Fallon, meanwhile, used the finale of CBS's popular "The Big Bang Theory" to take a shot at de Blasio.

“But it was also the beginning of a brand-new comedy — Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign,” Fallon joked on NBC.

De Blasio jumped into an already crowded Democratic field last week as its 24th candidate seeking to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE.  He is seen as a long shot to win the Democratic nomination, with most polls showing at or around 1 percent support.