Recently, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added his name to the crowded list of Democratic presidential contenders hoping to unseat Donald Trump in 2020. The overwhelmingly unpopular Mayor’s announcement wasn’t exactly received with unbridled enthusiasm. In fact, it was largely mocked and ridiculed.
Few, if any, believe de Blasio will actually be the next President of the United States. And, if he isn’t careful, his presidential aspirations might cost him his current job.
The New York Post reported that a “never-before-used clause in the city charter” could push de Blasio out his position if he abandons his mayoral duties while campaigning for President.
According to TheBlaze, New York City has a “committee on mayoral inability.” The committee consists of a five-member group of elected city officials. It could pronounce the Mayor “temporarily unable to discharge the powers and duties.”
The move would remove de Blasio from power if he forsakes his mayoral tasks while crisscrossing America to campaign for Trump’s job.
According to the New York Post, “Comptroller Scott Stringer — who has publicly worried about the mayor’s distraction — is a member, along with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the longest-serving of the city’s five veeps.”
“The committee would also include two mayoral appointees, Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter and a deputy mayor to be named later, by de Blasio himself.”
The newspaper explained, “Four votes would set the process in motion — but a two-thirds vote of the City Council would be needed to take power from de Blasio’s hands.”
TheBlaze reported, “The city charter explains that mayoral succession was designed for instances where the city’s mayor is removed by the governor or times when the mayor is too sick to perform his duties, but leaves open the possibility for ‘other’ reasons, including when the mayor is absent from the city.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that de Blasio won’t be missed regardless of whether he remains in New York City or not. Giuliani, who now serves as a personal attorney to the President, commented, “He doesn’t do anything, anyway. The city runs itself. He won’t be missed. The reason he’ll be able to run for President as mayor is because he doesn’t do the job as mayor to begin with. I can’t think of a thing he accomplished.”
On a recent broadcast of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson relayed how even liberal media outlets didn’t celebrate the news of de Blasio’s presidential run.
Regarding the New York City Mayor, John Avlon, a senior political analyst at CNN said, “There’s a palpable lack of excitement in the streets of New York. Three quarters of New Yorkers don’t want him to run. One of the big problems of Bill de Blasio is he is not showing up to work. He comes in late. He doesn’t come in at all. He seems utterly disinterested in the job of running America’s largest big city. Again, this is somebody who has been underwater often in the polls in a city that’s 6 to 1 Democrat.”
Even the extreme left MSNBC was less than enthusiastic. According to Carlson, “One New Yorker they interviewed said de Blasio should have announced he was running on April 1, so that people would think it was an April Fool’s Day joke.”
Carlson went on to sarcastically say, “At this point, if you personally are excited for a Bill de Blasio presidency, please let his campaign know. You’re likely qualified for a paid staff position. The whole effort is so obviously doomed, everyone knows it, including, you’d think, Mrs. de Blasio.”
The conservative Fox News host cited “narcissism” as de Blasio’s reason for running for the highest office in the land. He stated in part, “Bill de Blasio represents the worst strain of American liberalism — smug, arrogant, utterly hypocritical and lacking in self-awareness. This is the man who announced his own Green Deal, but then took a helicopter to the gym.”
While many people are poking fun at de Blasio’s presidential campaign, the Fox Business Network’s Start Varney had a word of warning. Varney aptly pointed out, “let’s not forget that Donald Trump was met with similar ridicule when he came down the golden escalator four years ago.”