Isn’t all publicity good publicity?
May 28, 2019 | 14540 views | 0 0 comments | 2504 2504 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While Mayor Bill de Blasio’s run for president is being met with anything from disbelief to amusement to derision by his New York City constituency, it’s at least popular among one group: Republicans.

Yep, while the mayor is dead last in the polls, according to data released by Storyful, de Blasio and his campaign shot up to number four on social media rankings.

And most of the chatter is being generated by sources like Fox News and Breitbart, who aren’t exactly extolling the virtues of de Blasio’s policies so much as making fun of his crazy campaign.

A lot of the discussion was generated after a photo was shared of a de Blasio campaign stop in Iowa that drew a thunderous crowd of 18 people. Call out riot control!

By the way, in case you were wondering, it turns out that city taxpayers are footing the bill for the NYPD security detail that travels with de Blasio on his out-of-state campaign trips, which means you are kind of contributing to the de Blasio campaign whether you want to or not.

This as the city proposes cutting $11 million in library funding from the budget.

But back to de Blasio’s popularity among the GOP, according to Storyful, when people post to social media about de Blasio and his presidential run, the most used hashtags are “maga,” “trump” and trump2020.”

In other words, the people most excited about de Blasio’s run for president are Trump supporters, which we assume is not the demographic he is looking for.

On the other hand, de Blasio has taken page from Trump’s playbook, namely giving unflattering nicknames to his opponents, recently referring to the president as “ConDon.” Unfortunately for de Blasio, according to Storyful’s research, the “#ConDon” hashtag has taken off quite as much as the mayor would have liked.

Speaking of mayors running for president, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was invited by the Queens Democratic Party last week to speak with voters at LaGuardia Community College. The party hopes to bring candidates in the crowded Democratic field to the borough so voters can get a chance to know them.

About 300 people turned up to hear Buttigieg speak, and gave him a standing ovation when the event was over.

At one point, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was asked about our own mayor’s run for president. At the mention of de Blasio’s campaign, the crowd audibly groaned and guffawed.

No word yet on whether or not the Queens Democratic Party will invite de Blasio to the borough to participate in his own “fireside chat,” as they are calling them. We’re pretty sure at this point voters already know how they feel about the New York City mayor and don’t need another chance to get to know him.
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