MSNBC Panel: ‘Irritating’ Bill de Blasio Sounded Like ‘Obnoxious Guy’ Talking Loudly on Phone

COLUMBIA, SC - MAY 18: Democratic presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks with the crowd during a Democratic Black Caucus Meeting on May 18, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace and Claire McCaskill on Wednesday ripped the first 2020 Democrat presidential debate performance of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling the left-wing lawmaker “irritating” and comparing him to an “obnoxious guy” speaking loudly at a restaurant on a cellphone.

A partial transcript is as follows: 

NICOLE WALLACE: Together, as a field, they strung together an incredible story about what is possible if Donald Trump is re-elected to a second term. It’s up to Democrats in terms of figuring out what people are hungering for the most.


CLAIRE MCCASKILL: I think overall I was surprised at how little there was a discussion of the mess in the White House right now. I was shocked that more candidates didn’t tie their policies into the ineptitude, chaos, horrible things this president has done. It really was a little surprising to me. I think most Democrats, while they want to hear policy and you want to get to know these candidates, they also want to be reassured that we are united, that these candidates are united in terms of Donald Trump. That surprised me a little. I thought the folks on the end did their best to elbow into every discussion they could. I found it mildly irritating at times, maybe it’s just De Blasio’s mildly irritating. I’m not sure. Or maybe more than mildly irritating.

WALLACE: I had the same reaction. He sounded to me sort of an obnoxious guy at a restaurant or a bar talking really loudly on his cellphone like everyone wants to hear what he’s saying. I wanted to hear other people’s answers.


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