Progressive NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Grudgingly Endorses Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)
Bill de Blasio’s views are much more in line with Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton but he doesn’t want to be on her bad list when she gets the Democratic nomination. He’s been holding off on this endorsement for months but he finally gave it on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
The endorsement was tepid though, as noted by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post:
Bill de Blasio’s ‘okay fine, I will endorse her’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign on Friday morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision, the right experience and the ability to get the job done, is Hillary Clinton,” he said.
His endorsement comes months too late to matter for de Blasio (or her). It is, in the parlance of The Fix’s Endorsement Hierarchy, the classic “obligatory” endorsement.
The panel on Morning Joe pressed de Blasio because they obviously know he would rather support Sanders.
The Washington Free Beacon outlines their exchange:
De Blasio accused Scarborough of asking the question the wrong way and said that the real question that needs to be asked is what Clinton stands for. Scarborough asked him whether he was bothered that the candidate he is endorsing is notorious for flip-flopping on issues. De Blasio said that he was not concerned and everyone was missing the forest for the trees.
“She said very clearly that here is a standard I have to see met to protect American workers and when she saw the product of TPP it did not meet that,” de Blasio said.
Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin asked de Blasio why he was endorsing Clinton when a lot of the progressive views held by the mayor are shared with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.). De Blasio said that Sanders had started conversations in the country but never gave a reason why he was endorsing Clinton over Sanders.
Here’s the video: