NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Trump’s Tweets Meant to Distract from ‘Larger Reality’

By Melanie Arter | July 29, 2019 | 3:00 PM EDT

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( – Focusing on President Donald Trump’s tweets takes the attention away from “the thing we should be talking about, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday.

The mayor and Democratic presidential candidate said the president “is trying to distract people from the larger reality of this country, so he uses the racist appeal. He uses a bait and switch.”

“The real issue in this country is that working people are stuck economically. There’s tremendous frustration out there in working America. The folks aren’t getting ahead. They think the next generation is actually going to do worse than they did,” de Blasio said.

“What Donald Trump has done is actually given away the store to the folks who already have a lot. He literally made the rich richer with those tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations. He keeps the attention off the thing we should be talking about,” he said.



When asked how Democrats counter that, the mayor said, “Democrats can’t fall into the trap, and sometimes, bluntly George, we are too much. I’m someone who does believe there should be impeachment proceedings for example, but I don’t think we should obsess about it.

“The best way to impeach Donald Trump, the way I want to impeach Donald Trump is at the ballot box. That’s what I intend to do - and to talk about the issues of working Americans. Look, Democrats lost in 2016, why? We should be asking ourselves this question. This is really what these debates should be about in Detroit. Why do we lose and what do we do differently?” he said.

“Well I say it’s simple, we stopped talking to working people. We lost their allegiance. A lot of them stayed home. Some of them migrated to Trump. Why? Because the Democratic Party seemed to be the party of the elites, not of working people,” de Blasio said.

“The Democratic Party became the party of NAFTA and I’m fearing that’s going to happen again. There’s too many Democrats ready to vote for a new NAFTA. Democratic Party did not seem like the party of labor unions, the party that would fight for the working man and woman, and so we lost the allegiance to a lot of people who have been with us for generations. We can’t let that happen again,” he said.


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