Ethics & Public Policy Center

Three Tales of a City: Bloomberg, de Blasio and Trump

Published in The Wall Street Journal on November 13, 2019


Bill de Blasio, New York’s left-wing mayor, has suspended his presidential campaign. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor, is thinking of plunging into the presidential race, on the calculation that none of the present Democratic candidates seem sufficiently “well positioned” to defeat President Trump. And Mr. Trump—a New Yorker if ever there was one—has filed paperwork to change his legal residence from the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to Mar-a-Lago, his Xanadu in Palm Beach, Fla.

New York has a multiple personality. Messrs. Bloomberg, de Blasio and Trump represent three faces of the city, each of them distinct and vivid and typical. Each stands for a certain framework of ideas and ambitions and methods; each is differently tuned to the American themes of success and failure—which are, after all, New York’s themes, the raw binary possibilities that greet the newcomer.

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Mr. Morrow is the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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