New York Post

DELUSIONS OF GANDHI

Blas bizarrely compares self to these greats

- By RUTH BROWN rbrown@nypost.com

It’s Gan’ to his head — which is getting bigger by the minute. Mayor de Blasio, in defending the failure of his progressiv­e agenda to catch on nationwide, compared his efforts to those of others who eventually succeeded, including Henry Ford ( l ef t ) , Thomas Edison (right) and Mahatma Gandhi.

Freeing India from colonial rule, inventing the light bulb and . . . allowing people to pee in public.

A cocky Mayor de Blasio placed his ideas and ambitions up there with the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Thomas Edison in a bravadofil­led new interview — also claiming Hillary Clinton would have won if she’d just taken his advice.

“Every time someone tries something and it doesn’t work, it invalidate­s anything else they might do going forward? Tell Thomas Edison that, and Henry Ford, tell Mahatma Gandhi,” Hizzoner, who last year decriminal­ized public urination, told Politico while defending his failure to become a progressiv­e national leader.

“I mean how many people fell on their faces along the way trying things, experiment­ing with things, had setbacks? There’s no leader who hasn’t had setbacks.”

De Blasio later clarified that he is a “speck on the universe” compared to those three men — but also claimed that Clinton’s campaign failed after refusing to adopt his progressiv­e vision.

“I was telling them they needed to have a clear progressiv­e populist message, and they had to believe it. And if they had, they would have won. I stand by that,” the mayor said in the podcast interview.

Political pundits scoffed at the mayor’s arrogance.

“If Hillary had listened to him, she’s still unlikely to have been elected president. Second, he’s no Gandhi,” veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said.

“He just has second inaugurati­on euphoria, caused by a belief that somehow he is now the great giant slayer. But Trump is still in the White House, Republican­s are still in control in the House and Senate, and Mayor de Blasio is still a voice that doesn’t resonate in a lot of New York state, let alone the rest of country.”

De Blasio said the reason he still hasn’t been embraced at a national level is because Bernie Sanders’ campaign stole his thunder by taking up the progressiv­e agenda.

“Within months, Bernie became the voice for so many of those ideas so effectivel­y, and I’m thrilled with that,” he said, saying they are both “movement builders” — as are Edison, Ford and Gandhi.

Asked why he isn’t as widely lauded as is Republican/independen­t predecesso­r Mike Bloomberg, de Blasio claimed it’s because he hasn’t spent enough money on selfpromot­ion.

“American culture deifies the wealthy, and he was one of the richest people in the world . . . Obviously, he had tremendous resources that he could use for self-promotion, and he did,” said de Blasio, who once recruited Broadway stars to literally sing his praises in a taxpayer-funded video.

He also pointed the finger at the “mainstream media,” saying some of the things he “stands for” conflict with the interests of media owners.

But people say that they’ve heard de Blasio loud and clear — but they just don’t care.

One person who saw him lecturing other leaders at the Conference of Mayors in New Orleans last year told Politico the audience was not impressed.

“It’s fair to say that there was eyerolling. It’s fair to say that there was frustratio­n,” the anonymous witness said.

Meanwhile, during de Blasio’s recent visit to Des Moines, Iowa, to attend a fund-raiser for the liberal advocacy group Progress Iowa, his attempt to auction off his own tie fell embarrassi­ngly flat, Politico reported.

Even at the urging of Iowa House Minority Leader Mark Smith, it went for only $250 — $100 less than the copy of “Humans of New York” the mayor had brought with him.

City Hall declined to comment further on the interview. Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen

Take heart, New Yorkers: You’re not the only ones put off by Mayor de Blasio’s delusions of grandeur. Turns out his dream of becoming the national spokesman for the Democratic Party’s hard left has even many of his friends and allies — not to mention fellow mayors — rolling their eyes.

According to a devastatin­g article on Politico, de Blasio’s own aides create distractio­ns and deliberate­ly stall when the mayor presses them for more national events to raise his national image.

Indeed, one unnamed high-placed Democratic operative calls “laughable” the notion that any response to President Trump “is going to come from a progressiv­e mayor whom progressiv­es don’t rally around” and other mayors “don’t respect.”

De Blasio is so anxious to become the national face of the anti-Trump “resistance” that during a private strategy session at last summer’s Conference of Mayors, he actually proposed that cities refuse to take any infrastruc­ture money from Washington as an act of defiance.

Was he off his rocker? New York is desperate for funds — for the subways, a new Hudson River rail tunnel and other pressing projects. Yet de Blasio would turn down that money to make a statement?

No wonder the response, Politico reports, was “eye-rolling” and “frustratio­n.”

And that’s exactly how every New Yorker should react to their mayor’s apparent willingnes­s to work against the city’s interests — just to boost his national profile.

Other Democratic leaders, speaking off the record, reportedly called de Blasio “smug,” “annoying” and “in it for himself.” Hey, tell us about it.

The mayor bristles at suggestion­s that his national ambitions have gone nowhere, comparing himself to Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Mahatma Gandhi — all of whom, he maintained, “had setbacks.”

Gee, he sure thinks highly of himself to place himself among such figures, doesn’t he?

Yet, unlike de Blasio, Edison and Ford didn’t keep trying the same ideas and material over and over, expecting different results. If one idea didn’t work, they’d try something else.

Mayor de Blasio, on the other hand, is wedded to the same rigid and tired formulas — his Renewal schools, for example — even when they fail.

And now, even his ostensible allies outside the five boroughs, it seems, have stopped listening.

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