New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday morning that he would be seeking the appointment of the Democratic president to the presidency in 2020, saying that President Trump "must be arrested".
De Blasio is the 23rd Democrat to officially announce a candidacy for the White House and the second this week after the announcement of Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Tuesday.
The central platform of the mayor for the second term will be "the people who work first".
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"It does not matter if you live in a city or a rural area, a big state, a small state. It does not matter what your ethnicity is. People in all parts of the country felt stuck or even backed down, "he said in his online announcement video.
De Blasio targeted Trump directly, calling him "tyrant", adding that "I know how to attack him."
"Do not back down against a tyrant, face him … Donald Trump must be stopped, I've already beaten him and I'll do it again."
Mr. De Blasio stressed that his experience as mayor was among his qualities, including the increase of the city's minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, the approval of a legal guarantee for vacation leave. paid illness and a fully guaranteed health system.
"We have developed a program that prioritizes working families."
De Blasio has already visited the early-voting states, particularly in Iowa and New Hampshire. A spokesman told Fox News Wednesday that he planned to travel back to Iowa Friday and South Carolina on Saturday.
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De Blasio had been teasing his ad for some time. More recently, he appeared Monday at a press conference in the lobby of the Trump Tower in New York. He seemed to have set the stage for his announcement, but a crowd of protesters gathered at a lively rally to promote the city's Green New Deal.
The mayor announced in his video Thursday that, if elected, he would seek to counter many of the Trump administration's controversial policies, including family separations and the withdrawal of the Paris agreement.
"I will not rest until this government serves the workers," he said.
The potential candidacy of De Blasio has so far generated little enthusiasm from voters in his hometown.
New Yorkers also seem not to be enthusiastic about Blasio's presidential aspirations. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 76 percent of New York City voters felt that de Blasio should not be a candidate and was giving the mayor "an anemic approval rate of 42 to 44%. "
The Republican National Committee's communications director, Michael Ahrens, said the mayor's far-left positions were a symptom of the state's Democratic Party.
"Bill Blasio is a liberal extremist who wants the government to control everything from your health care to your diet," said Ahrens in a statement. "Americans can rest assured that it will not win, but unfortunately its socialist policy fits well with the rest of its comrades in the race."
Talia Kaplan of Fox News contributed to this report.