Bill de Blasio

Hizzoner hops on the Bernie bro bandwagon

The New York City mayor’s most recent tweets reveal he’s transformed into the quintessential U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders supporter.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017. Edwin J. Torres/ Mayoral Photography Office

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has recently become a fervent supporter of Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. And true to form, he’s a little behind schedule.

Hizzoner endorsed Sanders last month and since then he’s been seriously leaning into his love for the Democratic Socialist, defending him on television and taking on current and former presidential candidates on Twitter. Most recently, on Wednesday, de Blasio took to Twitter to ask U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to back Sanders, in the midst of the state’s coronavirus crisis which many found irksome

Interestingly, the mayor endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, despite Sanders also being in the running, although he did praise Sanders at the time. Of course, politicians are allowed to change their mind. But de Blasio took an awfully long time to change his, waiting for months after he dropped out of the 2020 campaign himself to endorse Sanders. His aggressive stanning for Sanders now feels a bit like someone showing up late to a house party and getting hammered while all the other guests are on their way out.

Here are some of de Blasio’s tweets that chart his transformation into the ultimate Bernie Bro: