And then there were 23. In what was already a more than a crowded field of candidates, another hopeful has announced their bid to become the Democrats choice for Presidential contention.
On Thursday morning, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his intentions to become the choice of the Democrats, via a YouTube video. His reason for running for the nomination for President in 2020 was, in his view, that President Trump “must be stopped.”
With his video announcement, De Blasio is the 23rd Democrat officially announcing their bid for the Oval Office, in a field that is already bursting at the seams. De Blasio was the second candidate to announce just this week, with Montana Governor Steve Bullock having announced his bid on Tuesday.
De Blasio, a second term mayor in New York, stated his central platform will be "working people first." He went on to reiterate his platform in the video he released, saying: "Doesn't matter if you live in a city or a rural area, a big state, small state. Doesn't matter what your ethnicity is. People in every part of this country felt stuck or even like they're going backward."
Like most of the other candidates who announced before him, De Blasio chose to make one of his first steps out of the gate one of calling the current POTUS names. He called Trump a “bully” and then went on to say he knows how to take him and that he had beaten Trump before, and he could do it again.
De Blasio had actually been teasing a possible announcement for the candidacy for quite some time now. In a recent press conference in the lobby of the Trump Tower in New York City, he appeared to be already laying what many saw as the groundwork for his announcement. However, at that time, he was met by a group of protestors at what was being described as a raucous rally that was promoting the city’s and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal.
De Blasio stated in his YouTube video that if elected, he would work towards countering the controversial policies that the Trump administration has been part of, including family separations and the backing out of the Paris agreement.
He finished by stating, "I will not rest until this government serves working people."
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Does a field this size indeed indicate that the Democrats have a point about change? Or could it mean that the party realizes that no one has announced yet that they feel can get the job done of dethroning Trump?