PHILADELPHIA — New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio addressed the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, taking aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who he called a “little man” and the “great pretender.”
De Blasio, who previously worked for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign, took the stage shortly after 5:30 p.m., when most delegates were still trickling in to the Wells Fargo Arena, where the four-day convention is being held.
“He has degraded women to make himself feel big while showing us the truly little man that he is,” De Blasio said.
De Blasio, spoke for just over seven minutes, praising Clinton as “steady” and “ready” for the position of commander-in-chief, and casting Trump as a ruthless and selfish businessman.
“He was born rich . . . then he made a career out of ripping people off, racking up billions in debt, and bankrupting his companies,” De Blasio said. “Instead of public service or philanthropy, he became one of the least charitable billionaires our country has ever seen.”
He said Clinton would “tackle inequality,” if elected president and would “be armed with the most progressive agenda in modern times.”
De Blasio’s speech came a few hours before his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, was to deliver an address to the convention. Bloomberg, a billionaire media executive who was elected mayor as a Republican, but later ran as an independent, endorsed Clinton earlier this week.
A handful of New York delegation members stood to applaud after De Blasio wrapped up his remarks, but the majority of the delegation remained seated and applauded lightly.