Bill de Blasio in Interviews during 2017-2019


On Corporations: Amazon exemplifies abuse of corporate power by leaving NYC

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday slammed Amazon.com Inc.'s decision to pull out of a second headquarters in the city as "an example of an abuse of corporate power" that hurts working people. "Amazon just took their ball and went home," de Blasio said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "What they did was confirm people's worst fears about corporate America."... "They couldn't handle the heat in the kitchen," de Blasio said. "They let a lot of working people down in the bargain."
Source: Bloomberg News on 2020 presidential hopefuls Feb 17, 2019

On Corporations: Plenty of money in NYC, but it's in the wrong hands

Mr. de Blasio railed against big business, promised to seize the buildings of scofflaw landlords and pointedly framed the argument over income inequality--long a theme of his rhetoric as mayor--in zero-sum terms. "Here's the truth, brothers and sisters, there's plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city," the mayor said, flanked by screens with graphs of productivity outpacing compensation. "It's just in the wrong hands!"
Source: N. Y. Times, "Wrong Hands," on 2020 presidential hopefuls Jan 10, 2019

On Families & Children: Signs legislation protecting against sexual harassment

"Society has been stacked in favor of men for far too long, leading many to believe they can harass women without fear of punishment," said Mayor de Blasio. "New York City will not allow that continue. We are taking action to protect workers against sexual harassment and saying loudly & clearly that anyone who harasses a co-worker will face justice." "When women step forward with a grievance, it is the employer's responsibility to listen and take appropriate action," said First Lady Chirlane McCray.
Source: NYC.gov mayoral press release for 2020 presidential hopefuls May 9, 2018

On Free Trade: NAFTA was a disaster; we will not repeat mistake with TPP

Mayor Bill de Blasio today joined a slew of city politicians to decry President Barack Obama's proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal--comparing it to North American Free Trade Agreement, which he deemed a "disaster." "There's such passion on this issue because we've already been to this movie," Mr. de Blasio said at an anti-TPP rally in front of City Hall this morning. "We saw it with NAFTA. We saw what a disaster NAFTA was, and we're not going to repeat that mistake in our time."
Source: New York Observer on 2020 presidential hopefuls Apr 7, 2016

The above quotations are from Interviews during 2017-2019, interviewing presidential hopefuls for 2020.
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