Clinton Blasts ‘Inequality’ and ‘Climate Change’ Before Inaugurating NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio

Former President Bill Clinton took the stage to inaugurate New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio on Wednesday. The former president touched on a variety of DeBlasio’s progressive campaign themes, including income inequality and climate change, before swearing in the city’s new mayor.

“It’s been a great joy for Hillary and me to see the mayor’s progress because he worked in my administration,” Clinton said, “because he managed Hillary’s first remarkable campaign for the U.S. Senate, because he has served with such passion, and because he represents – with his family – the future of our city and the future of our country.”

“With all respect to the television show, they are a real modern family,” Clinton continued.

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“This inequality problem bedevils the entire country,” the former president continued, turning to DeBlasio’s major campaign themes. “But it is not just a moral outrage, it is a horrible constraint on economic growth and on giving people the security they need to tackle problems like climate change.”

With this brief invocation, Clinton invited DeBlasio to the stage where he administered the oath of office.

Watch the clip below via WNYC New York:

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