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

Democratic presidential candidate Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa New York Post hits de Blasio with front-page 'obituary' for 2020 campaign Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 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 ColbertOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all The Memo: Biden's rivals search for right mode of attack 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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE.  He is seen as a long shot to win the Democratic nomination, with most polls showing at or around 1 percent support.