Republicans have a clearer message and a better connection with voters than Democrats and President Biden, left-wing ex-New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.
De Blasio said the inability to disperse ideas with “simplicity” and “clarity” was a “democratic issue” that stumped him as mayor of the Big Apple, and now he sees President Biden watching in the same way struggling – which could prove fatal to the party’s success in the forthcoming November elections.
“What pains me, Brian, is that we’ve never lacked for contrast with Republicans — especially in the age of Trump — and we’ve never lacked for issues. We lack simplicity and clarity,” de Blasio said in a backtrack to his earlier Friday at 10 a.m. on WNYC Public Radio with longtime host Brian Lehrer.
De Blasio called it “a solvable problem … with a president who can communicate with empathy.”
He also criticized Biden for failing to communicate with his base and the American public in general, using the comments made by the President after the Roe v. Wade coup decision was leaked.
“The next morning, Joe Biden was on the tarmac before leaving for another part of the country and reporters got up to talk to him. And I wanted Joe Biden to be clear — he did some sort of dissertation on the Supreme Court, on his efforts to stop Robert Bork decades ago, all sorts of things — but he never said that one simple sentence. The phrase I think millions of Americans, especially millions of American women, needed to hear is, ‘I will fight like hell to protect a woman’s right to vote,'” de Blasio, who made an unworldly bid in the Democratic Party against Biden submitted primarily for the president, Spitz said.
“He had to say that. I think he needs to repeat that at every opportunity.”
The ex-mayor’s lawsuit stems from a recent Atlantic advice column he wrote to Biden, where he warned the commander in chief not to repeat a huge mistake he made — out of touch with the needs of everyday New Yorkers to lose.
“People are dealing with kitchen table problems, really painful problems now. COVID and inflation and so much fear. Joe Biden needs to talk to them and come back to them and sort of talk to them at their kitchen table in a way that FDR famously did with the fireside chats and focus a lot more on helping people understand where he’s taking us leads. said de Blasio.
The ex-politician’s failures helped make him one of the city’s most unpopular politicians – even beating former Republican President Donald Trump in heavily Democratic New York.
“And I don’t think I’ve done that well enough, especially these last few years as mayor, and that’s why I want to write the article to say that I fell into that trap. I don’t think you have to, Mr. President, I think there’s still time to reverse that.”
He said what’s missing from the Democrats’ approach is message unity — pointing to the 2018 midterm elections when the party settled on healthcare and Bernie Sander’s message for workers during his 2020 presidential campaign.
De Blasio admitted Democrats have “alienated progressives,” particularly in the labor movement, by trying to take credit for the party’s coronavirus vaccine efforts, the Biden administration’s stimulus packages and helping Ukraine defend its borders restore against Russia.
“Can the Democrats do more to organize the organization of work? 100%. And we should. But I think that’s not a lack of achievement, I think we’re not talking to working people. And we don’t make it clear that we’re on their side,” said de Blasio, who is unemployed, lives in a hotel and racks up debt.
The former two-year mayor, famous for his disdain for the press, then bizarrely offered social media advice and tips for connecting with the community – something he rarely did until the summer before he left office did.
“I would also say get away from the formal, cumbersome press conferences and, you know, addressing the nation and in the communities of this country, empathize with the people and present them with a vision because it’s totally believable.”
When asked if he thinks Mayor Eric Adams is reversing his social justice and public safety policies, which many have blamed for the Big Apple’s huge rise in crime, de Blasio gave up criticism of his successor.
“The first few months as mayor are so challenging, that’s the reality,” he said, praising Adams for being “a guy who’s spent his whole life fighting for police reform.”
“I think that counts for a lot,” he added.
Adams, a former transit cop, has fought on a pro-police platform and brought back NYPD practices de-Blasio opposed – like the renewal of his uniformed anti-gun unit.
De Blasio also shied away from hitting the Adams administration for bringing back the Gifted and Talented program to Gotham’s public school system, which he was trying to phase out at the dawn of his tenure.
“I think there should be a broader reassessment of the gifted and talented – what’s the plan we’re proposing? We struggled to find a plan that would work for a very different vision.”
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