A prankster set the stage for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential concession speech outside hizzoner’s go-to Park Slope gym.
A large white poster, supposedly signed by de Blasio, reading “I’m dropping out” appeared outside the Park Slope YMCA on Ninth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, where the mayor notoriously travels for his morning workout — despite living 12 miles away in Gracie Mansion.
The sign was surrounded by balloons and a microphone, giving de Blasio everything he would need to end his fledgling White House bid.
After failing to register above 2 percent in four qualifying polls, the mayor missed the necessary requirements to appear on the upcoming Democratic primary debate stage on Sept. 12, making his heavily derided, long-shot candidacy even more likely to fail.
And where the mayor of New York City failed to qualify for the debates, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana — population 102,245 — Pete Buttigieg succeeded, despite representing about 84 times less constituents.
Many New Yorkers have called on the mayor to throw in the towel and focus on his current job — but de Blasio has remained undaunted, pushing ahead in his quest to capture the Democratic nomination and defeat incumbent President Donald Trump.
“I argue that things can happen so quickly nowadays, a single moment can change everything,” de Blasio said at an unrelated press conference late last month. “I believe that as the message gets out, more and more people are going to buy into it.
Hizzoner may not have seen the signs, as he spent his morning away from the gym — instead visiting schools in Staten Island, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Bronx, according to the Mayor’s public schedule.