De Blasio says Bernie would have won in 2016

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is challenging Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential race, now says he believes Sanders would have beaten Donald Trump.

“In my heart, yeah,” the mayor said, when asked during a wide-ranging interview at POLITICO’s headquarters Monday if Sanders would have won the general election three years ago. “You know, hindsight’s 20/20, but I think when we look at it now, that was a moment where there was such desire for change,” he added.

De Blasio’s embrace of Sanders comes as the Vermont senator is one of the front-runners in a presidential race where de Blasio is struggling to gain traction. He is polling at zero to 1 percent and had about 6,700 individual donors as of the latest filing — far short of the 130,000 needed to qualify for the next Democratic debate. He declined to answer a question about whether he would remain in the race if he doesn’t get into next month’s debate.

Told that de Blasio now thinks Sanders would have won, Clinton campaign staffers’ reactions ranged from eye rolls to anger.

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