Sanders Achieves De Blasio Endorsement, But Does He Want It?

( – NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio isn’t exactly the most popular politician on the planet. He’s so unpopular that after a tragic shooting that put NYPD officers in hospital last week, a police union publicly told him not to come to the hospital to visit.

So, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders must have winced when he heard the failing New York mayor officially endorsed him this week.

At least, you’d imagine he would. But he seems to be welcoming it with open arms. CNN announced that De Blasio plans on campaigning with Sanders in Nevada in preparation for the state’s caucus. The two will appear on stage together in Carson City on Sunday. 

The Bernie Sanders Campaign praised the NYC mayor, suggesting he understands that supporting an agenda that helps working families is the only way to defeat the president in November.

The statement read:

“Mayor Bill de Blasio knows that the only way we can defeat Donald Trump is by uniting people from all backgrounds around an agenda that speaks to the needs of working families,” Sanders said in a statement to CNN. “Jane and I grew up in Brooklyn, and we are so proud to have the support of a New York City mayor fighting every day to improve the lives of New Yorkers. Bill is a leading example of what bringing the Democratic Party together around so-called ‘radical ideas’ like universal pre-K, paid family and sick leave, and defending immigrant neighbors can do for our country.”

Why would Sanders want this endorsement? Well, De Blasio is a big name, and regardless of whether his time as mayor is going well, he is a Democrat and he carries some weight. Sort of. While he may have the support of many die-hard Democrats, De Blasio has suffered terrible approval ratings over the years.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that 44% of New Yorkers disapprove of the job he’s doing, and just 42% support him. It also found that just 31% of white voters supported him, and only 33% of Asians. His highest ratings were from Hispanic and black voters, receiving 40% and 66% respectively.

Could it be that this move is a push to try and win the minority vote?

Maybe, but Bernie had that anyway.

Perhaps his endorsement is considered one of many, and one that can’t possibly hurt too much. They might appear on stage together, but who knows if Bernie even really wants this.