New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially entered the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race. de Blasio says at the beginning of a campaign announcement video he posted Thursday to YouTube, “there’s plenty of money in this world. There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands.”

The video proceeds to list his progressive accomplishments as New York City mayor, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; passing a bill ensuring that workers would receive paid sick leave; guaranteeing health care, including mental health; and providing free pre-K for all New Yorkers.   He also discusses President Donald Trump, saying: “Donald Trump must be stopped. I’ve beaten him before, and I will do it again.” 

He closes the ad by including his slogan — “Put Working People First” — by saying, “I’m Bill de Blasio. And I’m running for president, because it’s time we put working people first.”

In typical fashion, Trump hit back on Twitter on Thursday, calling de Blasio “the worst mayor in the U.S.”  He added: “He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”

Bill de Blasio rounds out the Democratic presidential field (at least for now)


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