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Mayor Bill de Blasio: Republicans can’t dump Donald Trump

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference in Manhattan on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Credit: Charles Eckert

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe leaders of the national GOP can “dump Trump” as their presidential nominee, citing the large number of primaries and party delegates candidate Trump has won.

The Democratic mayor, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, said an effort by establishment Republicans to stop Trump’s nomination “would create a huge backlash” among more conservative members “because unfortunately the Republican Party has created a very negative dynamic within itself.”

De Blasio spoke about national politics at an unrelated news conference in Brooklyn.

He also condemned the Trump campaign’s revoking of press credentials for The Washington Post to protest the newspaper’s coverage, calling the act “ludicrous.”

“I don’t always get along with the New York Post, but they get to sit right there like everyone else,” he said of the press corps assembled before him.

“There’s supposed to be a critique or a check and balance between the media and people in office,” de Blasio said. “It’s as old as the republic itself.”

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