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

Democratic presidential candidate Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal Overnight Health Care: Fauci says family has faced threats | Moderna to charge to a dose for its vaccine | NYC adding checkpoints to enforce quarantine New York City adding 'key entry point' checkpoints to enforce quarantine 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 ColbertThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package GOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed 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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE.  He is seen as a long shot to win the Democratic nomination, with most polls showing at or around 1 percent support.