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De Blasio touts climate change plan at Trump Tower amid pro-Trump protesters

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is mulling a presidential bid against President Donald Trump, noted that the Trump Tower lobby was a public place and those criticizing him had a right to free speech.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was heckled by supporters

Mayor Bill de Blasio was heckled by supporters of President Donald Trump during a news conference at Trump Tower about his climate change plan. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/DON EMMERT

Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his local version of the Green New Deal to combat climate change at a rally Monday at Trump Tower, but found his message nearly drowned out by the taunts of supporters of President Donald Trump.

De Blasio was forced to shout to be heard over the chanting of a half dozen or so demonstrators, who carried signs reading “Worst Mayor Ever” and “Trump 2020.” His news conference also competed with cranked-up lobby music at Trump’s eponymous skyscraper.

“This is music to my ears, they can go on all they want,” the Democrat said. “When you get opposition from Donald Trump and Trump supporters, you’re doing something right.”

De Blasio said he would decide this week whether he'll make a bid for the White House and attacked the environmental policies of its current occupant.

“We’re saying the Trump Organization is part of the climate crisis, because their buildings are polluting and President Trump is taking us away from the solutions we need for global warming,” de Blasio said.

New York City’s Green New Deal – a take on the federal proposal spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) – involves $14 billion in city-level investments, legislation and steps toward the goal of a 30 percent additional reduction in emissions by 2030.

Monday’s rainy weather forced the event originally planned for outside Trump Tower to move to its public atrium. De Blasio spoke just one floor from where Trump in June 2015 announced his bid for president.

Pro-Trump demonstrators used part of the golden escalator that the Republican real-estate mogul famously descended to disrupt de Blasio’s news conference, carrying their placards up and down in the background.

Protester Juliet Germanotta, 38, of Harlem, said she opposes de Blasio in part because New York City is a so-called sanctuary city where local officials in some instances refuse federal orders to turn over immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The mayor for months has hinted he may join the race for president. He has paid visits to Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire. 

The number of Democrats seeking to unseat Trump is approaching two dozen.

Trump, a native New Yorker, in 2015 tweeted that de Blasio is “the worst Mayor in the U.S., & probably the worst Mayor in the history of #NYC.”

De Blasio was asked Monday how he fits into the primary field, given that he is a straight, white male and the Democratic field is the most diverse ever.

“What matters with leadership – and I lead the most diverse place on earth – is a leader who can understand working people, every day people, and respond to their needs,” de Blasio said.

When the mayor's rally ended and his staff began breaking down the set, the Trump Tower PA system, which had been blasting such music as Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” returned its volume to an ambient level.


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