On Saturday, De Blasio tweeted the following:
I didn’t realize this was in question. Behaves like a racist, speaks like a racist…of course @RealDonaldTrump is a racist.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 12, 2016
On Monday morning, De Blasio reiterated his position on CNN, characterizing Trump’s racism as “the worst kind of racism.”
“That’s racism and, by the way, this is the worst kind of racism—it’s cynical racism for his own political gain,” the mayor said.
The mayor continued saying that “xenophobia, the racism, the call to violence” is when “democracies start to break down.”
Last year, De Blasio campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Iowa during the lead up to the caucus.
This is the latest condemnation by a political figure of Trump’s campaign, with candidates on both sides of the aisle coming out against the tone of Trump’s rallies.
In a Democratic town hall, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said Trump was “inciting violence.”
At the debate on Wednesday in Miami, when asked by the moderators, neither Clinton nor Sanders would call Trump a racist.
Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio have all come out against the divisive rhetoric and violence at Trump rallies.
On Tuesday March 15, five states Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina go to the polls. For the candidates who aren’t Donald Trump, this may be the last chance to make a case before Trump has solidifies the nomination.