New York Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s presidential bid hasn’t been the best-received campaign in a crowded Democratic Party field, but he’s sticking with it — and hoping he can change the narrative (and polling) around his run.

Late-night television shows, to a good extent, influence how the audience views political candidates. Turning to a late-night comedy show rather than counting on cable news to successfully campaign for the U.S. Presidency makes sense, especially for a Democratic candidate seeking a large, young and mostly sympathetic audience.

The stakes are high, comedian Trevor Noah said. “With the election a mere 496 days away,” the “Daily Show” host pointed out, candidates “could go from, ‘Who is that?’ to, ‘Oh, yeah, that guy.’”

“And this guy,” comedian Bill Maher condescendingly said, hoisting a photo of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The message? “Get the Fuck Out” of running for U.S. President.

“Start spreading the news,” Maher crooned as he tossed the mayor’s photo to the floor, “you’re leaving today” — an acerbic take on the Frank Sinatra classic, “New York, New York.”

The likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and James Corden often offer a supportive environment for politicians where they can expect few difficult or hardhitting questions. Although some shows take a step back from being controversial to avoid conflict with guests, many hosts such as Noah, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert display a more liberal preference.


Unless your candidates’s name is Bill de Blasio, the current New York mayor who met comic derision from left, right and center.  He has not benefited from late-night comic scrutiny. This past May 2019, late-night comics had a field day with the news that de Blasio is running for president. 

When he first announced his presidential run on “Good Morning America,” the morning show’s TV producers and camerapersons tried not to show the anti-de Blasio protest occupying their courtyard. Every sign in the GMA courtyard had to do with something de Blasio has fucked up: the trains, the cops, and so forth.

On top of that, New York got hit with a long weekend blackout that derailed many people’s lives this past July.  Is it any wonder that de Blasio has not bothered to appear on late-night to promote his White House run? 

[1] On CBS TV, Stephen Colbert ridiculed de Blasio’s inexplicable presidential bid.

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[2] On NBC, Jimmy Fallon roasted the NY mayor’s announcement that he will run for president.

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[3] On ABC TV, Jimmy Kimmel did not think de Blasio has a chance of winning the democratic primary, because his candidacy announcement was heavily protested.

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[4] Bill Maher scathingly dissed de Blasio on HBO‘s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The message? “Get The Fuck Out” of the race.

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