Bill de Blasio Says He Spent Six Years Undoing Michael Bloomberg's Work—But Still Prefers Him to 'Unhinged' Rudy Giuliani

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it clear he won't be backing his predecessor's bid for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination—suggesting that the former New York mayor's legacy is "out of touch with what Democrats are looking for and talking about right now."

Speaking in an interview with The Young Turks (TYT) on Monday, November 25, de Blasio said the legacy of Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy had played into "race-based policing" and panned the former mayor's formal announcement that he was joining the Democratic race.

"This is a guy who really reinforced the status quo every chance he got in New York City and I have spent literally six years undoing what Michael Bloomberg did, and stop-and-frisk is one of the most obvious examples."

Bloomberg had a "very aggressive approach to policing in a country bluntly that still is coming to grips with the reality of race-based policing, that is what he encouraged," de Blasio said.

Indeed, the incumbent mayor of New York joined a chorus of people who called into question the timing of Bloomberg's apology over stop-and-frisk.

"You can see when someone is sincere," de Blasio said. "He had years he could have come up with this apology when he was mayor and six years since and then the first time it happens is when he's on the verge of running for president—no it's not believable."

The mayor also suggested that Bloomberg's wealth made him out of touch with voters, commenting that Bloomberg had not backed raising minimum wages or paid sick days for workers.

"One of the most powerful moments after the great recession is when he literally went to Goldman Sachs to give a pep talk to executives at Goldman Sachs who had come under criticism—that's stuff you can't even make up," de Blasio said.

"And if it were anyone but one of the richest people on earth, how on earth would he even be able to pretend he could get in this presidential race as a Democrat - he's just overtly doing it with money," de Blasio added.

The New York mayor is not the first person to suggest that Bloomberg's money is allowing him to propel himself forward in a race that he may otherwise struggle to enter.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said following Bloomberg's announcement that he was entering the race: "I'm disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg, or any other billionaire, thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections."

And despite de Blasio suggesting that Bloomberg's wealth made him "disconnected to everyday people," he said there was one instance in which he would back Bloomberg—if he had a gun to his head and had to choose between voting for Bloomberg or fellow former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"I have to be honest with you and say this is one where I'd actually give it to Mike Bloomberg because Giuliani on top of being more and more unhinged all the time, Giuliani was an overt racist as mayor of the biggest most diverse city in the country," de Blasio said.

"He set us back deeply and used the most horrible racial appeals and since then has worked overtime to support the divisiveness of Donald Trump," he added. "That's one where I can show you a little objectivity and say something nice about Michael Bloomberg."