Mayor de Blasio took his presidential ambitions to Iowa on Saturday night, where he's deploying a head-scratcher campaign strategy: trash talking Hillary Clinton and praising President Trump – and all the while still not declaring his candidacy.
Only 25 The residents of Sioux City are brave a blizzard to hear Hizzoner insist he'd do a better job than Clinton at leading Democrats. Clinton spent too much time trashing her Republican opponent in 2016, the mayor complained.
"We're not going to win, talking about Donald Trump," the mayor said inside a cavernous bar.local bar as a blizzard raged outdoors.
"I have deep respect for our previous nominee ̵
"In fact I think people wanted to talk about kitchen table issues, "said the mayor, who was dressed in jeans and a zip-up sweater for the event.
He also defiled Clinton for failing to unify her party after winning the nomination.
"There was no real effort to say," Okay everyone comes in together. . "
De Blasio is on a two-day journey through the Hawkeye State, spreading his lefty message of free pre-kindergarten, community policing and raising wages while repeating," I have not ruled out a run for president. " He took a swipe at his mayoral predecessor, who is currently representing Trump, quipping, "If you're in a tough legal spot, do not hire Rudy Giuliani.
" It's not working well for your current client, "de
The mayor defended his progressive bona fides during a question and answer session with reporters by saying that Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and ElizabethWarren are "kindred" spirits.
He also gave an unexpected compliment to the president saying "Do not go to sleep on Donald Trump when it comes to strategy. He should not be underestimated. "
He wrote a piece of opinion in a Saturday's New York Times that accused him of jetting off to Iowa because he was" apparently bored by the chore of running one of the greatest cities in the world.
When asked by the column, he sniffed, "I find that kind of analysis superficial."
The mayor is due to speak at the Des Moines Union Hall. Sunday afternoon before returning to New York that night.