Earlier today, Gothamist published an interview with Mayor Bill de Blasio in which he defended his decision to stay in the presidential race despite, well, everything about it. Among other things, he praised the power of social media to change a race, yearning for a "game-changing moment" which "could happen in an hour for all you know."
Is this what he had in mind?
De Blasio is appearing via a video feed that, hilariously and unfortunately, is distorting his voice by making it sound higher. pic.twitter.com/ae1zRYxXOZ
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 21, 2019
De Blasio was scheduled to address the Iowa Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) in person today, but was not able to get there after a flight cancellation. Instead, he teleconferenced in via video screen. What could go wrong?
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) August 21, 2019
Our very tall mayor now has a very high voice.
Bill DeBlasio isn’t here for the AFL-CIO conference in Iowa, after a flight cancelation. He’s on a video screen. And his voice sounds like this... pic.twitter.com/xnLGsSyYRR
— Matt Viser (@mviser) August 21, 2019
It's like my great-grandfather always said: you get the viral moment you deserve.
— Thomas Kaplan (@thomaskaplan) August 21, 2019
Some people on Twitter were able to see the bright side: "de Blasio sounding like he inhaled a helium balloon is still more presidential than trump on his best day...this funny, tho 😂"
Oh boy. This is a bad day for Bill De Blasio in Iowa.
First he didn’t make it here (there’s been storms in the area)
Now the audio is so distorted and his voice is pitched up dramatically on the video conference, to the amusement of the union crowd here in Altoona pic.twitter.com/5xIpOPvJcZ
— Jeffrey Cook (@JeffreyCook) August 21, 2019
Charlie Wishman, the secretary treasurer of the Iowa Federation of Labor, apologized to de Blasio for the technical glitch immediately after the high-pitched address. "That was a little bit different. I apologize to Mayor de Blasio. Our video conferencing was working this morning when President Trumka was on, so I'm not entirely sure what happened," he said.
Nobody can say de Blasio isn't pitching in to really earn that 1% at the polls.