New York Mayor Bill de Blasio chews the fat – and pizza - on "The Daily Show"
February 4th, 2014
08:54 AM ET
7 months ago

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio chews the fat – and pizza - on "The Daily Show"

(CNN) - New York City's new mayor has shoveled snow in Brooklyn and disrupted the city's pizza traditions. But Monday night Bill de Blasio marked another important milestone by appearing on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

The Democratic mayor stopped by Jon Stewart's set for a mostly lighthearted discussion, but the two also covered controversial issues from the mayoral campaign, from horse-drawn carriages to stop-and-frisk.

Stewart asked de Blasio how people viewed his policies compared with those of former three-term Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

"How is it stepping into his tiny, tiny shoes?" Stewart asked. "How frightened are people when you walk in, because they must think now, you are coming in there and turning everything upside down, the uncertainty must be palpable."

De Blasio responded with a dig at his own populist roots: "I don't wear the Che Guevara T-shirt at work. I have thought about that."

He added, "Yes, there are some bureaucrats and others who are hesitant. But I know that the popular support is there."

Stewart also touched on one of de Blasio's key campaign promises, ending the horse-drawn carriages around New York City.

"Will this be your Gitmo?" Stewart asked de Blasio. "We are in this neighborhood, and I hear their plaintive cries."

De Blasio responded, "The waterboarding of the horses has to end," adding that horses just don't belong in urban environments.

Pizza controversy

Although it wasn't an issue during the campaign, it has recently come to light that de Blasio eats pizza with a knife and fork. The issue has proved to be controversial for New Yorkers, who hold their pizza-eating technique sacred.

For Stewart, it was a teachable moment.  As the comedian brought out a sausage and mushroom pizza and demonstrated the proper etiquette, de Blasio ultimately gave in and took a big bite.

Stewart also challenged de Blasio on political beliefs, asking the mayor about conservative fears that the city would see crime rates increase and safety deteriorate under progressive policies.

One such policy change is the ending of stop-and-frisk, a program the new mayor said resulted in no arrests 90% of the time that individuals were stopped.

De Blasio said that his historically large margin of victory in November's election to succeed Bloomberg validates his agenda for the city, adding that "progressives can run governments effectively, progressives can be fiscally responsible, progressives can focus on public safety, but we're going to do it in a way that respects people's rights."

"The bottom line is, we know the great threat to this country is inequality, the great threat to this city is inequality," de Blasio added.

Stewart took it all with a grain of salt (or slice of pizza): "I'll have you back in three years, we'll talk about it."


Filed under: Bill de Blasio • Jon Stewart • Michael Bloomberg • New York
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    The greatest threat is GOP corruption with NRA, insurance, morality and ethics of Republican Party.

    February 4, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Mayor needs to spend less time shoveling snow off of his sidewalk and more time shoveling it off of the streets. I know that the snow storms have been harsh this year, but it doesn't diminish from the fact that the snow plowing has been a great disappointment in many parts of the five boroughs. This time Staten Island seemed to get the worse of it, ... or maybe I should the least of it.

    February 4, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. smith

    Another wannabe robin hood who tells lies to poor people of Im looking out for you to get their vote. I guess he learned that from Obama.

    February 4, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    smith

    Another wannabe robin hood who tells lies to poor people of Im looking out for you to get their vote. I guess he learned that from Obama.
    ----------------------------
    HIs Republican opponent was a Tea Party extremist libertarian. Just your type.

    Has anyone ever noticed that every time we switch from a Democrat in the White House to a Republican that the economy tanks into a recession each and every time after they take office? Furthermore, ever notice how the economy seems to always tank just as the Republicans are leaving White House? Coincidence? I think so, but it's a pretty weird coincidence.

    February 4, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    just another liberal who wants to convert America into a utopian commune.........which HE controls.

    February 4, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. smith

    @Rudy- I wasn`t aware that believing in democracy and power of voting was an extremist viewpoint.

    February 4, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    just another liberal who wants to convert America into a utopian commune.........which HE controls.
    *****************
    As opposed to the antebellum Southern Utopia you keep yearning for? Getting ready to vandalize the Lincoln Memorial again, or are you going to have another round with Fort Sumter again? I hear Jim DeMint is available for either.

    February 4, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |