Democratic New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio stirred controversy since practically the day he took office. But his egregious choice in pizza toppings just might be the final nail in the coffin of his administration.
New Yorkers—and people on the internet all over the country—are outraged by the favorite pizza toppings DeBlasio revealed during a demonstration he gave of how ranked-choice voting works, in advance of the New York mayoral primary.
The state of Maine enacted ranked-choice voting (RCV) in 2018 for their federal and gubernatorial elections. You can learn more about RCV here.
For DeBlasio's demonstration his pizza topping choices were:
- vegan cheese
- clams (‽‽)
- green peppers
And reader, we cannot stress enough how chaotic his ranked choices were.
"The team at @DemocracyNYC has put together a tasty test run for New Yorkers to get ready for Ranked Choice Voting!… https://t.co/29GpMKgLGX— City of New York (@City of New York) 1623367129.0
In DeBlasio's exercise, there were five available ranks for the eight toppings.
In descending order of preference, DeBlasio's incredibly wrong ranking was:
- green peppers
Now then, we hear you. Those five toppings make for a delicious pizza! And who among us, besides maybe vegetarians, would disagree?
But green peppers in FIRST PLACE? Above and beyond literally every other topping? That is, and it cannot be stressed enough, UNHINGED.
DeBlasio is essentially telling us that if aliens abduct him to spend the rest of his life in an alternate galaxy and he can only have ONE pizza topping in his new home, he's picking green peppers. Forever!
DeBlasio explained his love of green peppers is related to his heritage.
"A lot of people don't appreciate green peppers enough. I have southern Italian roots. Green peppers are a very big, important part of our life."
That's surely true.
But are green peppers the most important part of Italian life? Because unless that's the case there is no explanation for this choice. Someone get Italy on the line to verify this!
On Twitter, DeBlasio's absolute chaos basically melted everyone's brains.
time for new york to implement a recall election because jfc https://t.co/Yk242X6LOh— rum tum turner 🐈 (@rum tum turner 🐈) 1623342441.0
Can you impeach mayors, I don’t know the rules https://t.co/x2fBmsGEW9— Firstclass Gamecocks (@Firstclass Gamecocks) 1623341696.0
His first and second picks are literally the worst ones (except pineapple, which he has correctly crossed out). Not… https://t.co/wn7nQzQhon— Dan Saltzstein (@Dan Saltzstein) 1623342655.0
clams make the list and onions don't? NEW YORK HAS LOST ITS WAY https://t.co/JQ83PpBNpf— Joe Borden (@Joe Borden) 1623341432.0
What kind of monster ranks pepperoni 5th? https://t.co/ERAFeL6Ie5— Aditya Sood (@Aditya Sood) 1623342535.0
Purely NON-political tweet here. Strictly pizza-related. BdB's favorite pizza toppings are garbage. How are sausag… https://t.co/TphvfAXVnv— Devon Heinen (@Devon Heinen) 1623342355.0
In DeBlasio's defense, at least he had the presence of mind to cross out everyone's most hated pizza topping, the dreaded pineapple—don't @ me, I'll die on this hill!
So credit to DeBlasio where it's due.