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Twitter Melts Down as Bill de Blasio’s Pick to Run NYC Schools Declines Offer in Insane Live Presser

Well, this is awkward.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s pick for the next chancellor of NYC public schools backed out of the job publicly Thursday afternoon after it was widely announced that he would be stepping into the job.

“This is probably the second most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. The very first was to leave my country,” Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools, said in a press conference after a long recess.

“Mayor de Blasio is one of the most honorable individuals, one of the most keen intellects in our nation today,” he continued. “He is transforming America’s premier city. He is empowering the weak. He’s giving voice to the voiceless. To say there isn’t political alignment between mayor DeBlasio and myself would be a lie.”

In declining the position, he said: “I am breaking an agreement between adults to honor an agreement I had with the children of Miami-Dade County… My commitment to Miami is now as it’s ever been as strong as the word that defines my last name, Carvalho, which in Portuguese means ‘oak tree.'”

This dramatic speech catalyzed a barrage of tweets – including from the mayor’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, who was understandably salty:

Then the hot takes started pouring in:

Watch above via NY1.

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