De Blasio Relegated to Non-Prime Time Convention Slot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both live in New York but are “a world apart” when it comes to their views and experience, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday during a less-than-prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic convention.

The mayor, who was slow to endorse Clinton during the primary race, contrasted her life with the business career of Trump, whom he called “the great pretender” and dismissed as a selfish billionaire who doesn’t care about working Americans.

De Blasio’s 5:30 p.m. address came as many delegates were eating dinner or otherwise preparing for speakers including President Barack Obama. In contrast, Michael Bloomberg, his predecessor whom de Blasio frequently blames for troubles ailing the city, was awarded with a prime time slot.

Another political rival of de Blasio’s, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was scheduled for a prime time address on the convention’s final day, Thursday.