It's on! Trump ('Con Don'), de Blasio ('worst mayor in US') trade vicious barbs

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May 16, 2019 - 6:15 am
President Donald Trump and Mayor Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blaso announced on Thursday morning via a YouTube video that he is entering the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field.

De Blasio, 58, joins a crowded field of Democrats, including California's Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey's Sen. Cory Booker, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders -- and another mayor, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

"We built an agenda that put working families first." de Blasio says in the video. 

De Blasio's announcement was followed by an appearance on Good Morning America Thursday morning where he was joined by his wife.

De Blasio's announcement drew mockery from President Trump on Twitter.

"The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!" he said.

Then, de Blasio responded: "I'm going to keep calling him 'Con Don' because that's what he deserves to be called,'' de Blasio said after declaring his candidacy. "He's a con man, and we New Yorkers know a con man when we see one.''

The New York Post gave de Blasio no quarter either, with a cover that featured people eating popcorn and laughing at the headline 'de Blasio runs for president.'

The Mayor, who is the 23rd Democratic candidate to enter the presidential race said putting money back in working people's pockets is what will set him apart from others in the crowded field.

NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio @nycmayor has a lot to say these days about just about everything. The only thing he has done successfully is push people and businesses out of New York and is turning this great city to shambles. Virtue signaling and doing nothing else won’t fix things. Here is a video of 5th Avenue just this morning. Maybe Bill should focus on his actual job for a change rather than turning New York into a $hithole. As a lifelong resident watching NYC devolve back to what it was before Mayor Rudy Giuliani fixed it is truly a shame. No wonder people are fleeing in droves and bringing their $$$ with them. Now he’s announcing a 2020 presidential run -- which is obviously a PR stunt given that he’s been drawing massive crowds of 3 to 5 people. With this kind of “leadership” most won’t even show up for the free donuts. #newyork #nyc #newyorkcity

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 De Blasio becomes the latest in a line of New York City mayors who have run for president, none of which have ever won.

So far de Blasio has been able to draw small crowds when visiting early primary states including Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire.

According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76 percent of New York City voters say they believe he shouldn’t run.

RELATED: De Blasio will announce Thursday morning he's entering presidential race: report 

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