GOP Rival Rips 'Delusional' De Blasio: He's Got His Sights Set on 2020
On "Fox & Friends," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) Republican opponent called him an inept leader whose real goal is to run against President Trump in 2020.
State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) said that her campaign is gaining momentum as the mayor's popularity among likely voters dropped.
Malliotakis ripped de Blasio's contention that people should be "parading" in the streets because of the successes of his administration.
"This mayor's completely delusional with what's happening in this city," she said.
She said that de Blasio's decision to join anticapitalist protesters in Germany instead of visiting with the family of a slain NYPD officer really hurt many residents.
"New Yorkers are insulted that the mayor would go to Germany to protest this nation," she said. "We need to stop him now."
Malliotakis said her candidacy is not only crucial for the future of New York City, but that preventing de Blasio's reelection could lower his profile ahead of 2020.
"[We need to] stop his plans to run for president in 2020," she said.
De Blasio has repeatedly criticized President Trump in that regard, recently calling him "profoundly racist" and intentionally divisive.
Malliotakis is the sole remaining GOP contender, while De Blasio is favored to win his upcoming primary against former Councilman Sal Albanese (D).
Additionally, private investigator and retired NYPD Detective Richard "Bo" Dietl is making a mayoral run as an Independent.