NYC Mayor de Blasio mocked for comparing Biden to ‘Dr. Jekyll’ in abortion debate: 'You should read the story, Bill'

NYC Mayor de Blasio mocked for comparing Biden to ‘Dr. Jekyll’ in abortion debate: 'You should read the story, Bill'
Marc Nozell
Election '20

Although former Vice President Joe Biden identifies as pro-choice and opposes overturning Roe v. Wade, the Democratic presidential candidate has a long history of supporting the Hyde Amendment — which bans federal funding of abortions except in cases of rape or incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger. Some of the other candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, however, favor overturning the Hyde Amendment. And one of them is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who asserted that Biden resembles “Dr. Jekyll” when it comes to abortion rights.

Wednesday on Twitter, de Blasio voiced his opposition to the Hyde Amendment and criticized Biden for continuing to support it. The NYC mayor posted that “when it comes to supporting American women on issues like repealing the Hyde Amendment, @JoeBiden is Dr. Jekyll” — and the “Dr. Jekyll” part has received a lot of responses from Twitter users.

Journalist T. Becket Adams reminded de Blasio that in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Jekyll “was the good one.” And @ @scabellumpedum advised, “You should read the story, Bill.”

Rebecca Overholt, @julephenia, tweeted that Dr. Hyde “was the bad one. Hence HYDE Amendment.” And @EricSloss1383 tweeted that the NYC mayor “was trying to be clever because of the Hyde name for the amendment.”

On Wednesday, De Blasio responded to a tweet by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), which asserted, “There’s NO political or ideological excuse for @JoeBiden’s support for the Hyde Amendment.” And de Blasio concurred, posting, “The Hyde Amendment only hurts low-income women, especially women of color. If you don’t support repeal, you should be the Democratic nominee.”

The Hyde Amendment, sponsored by Republican Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, was passed in 1976 — only three years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic Roe v. Wade decision, which essentially legalized abortion in all 50 states. In 2016, the Democratic Party’s platform explicitly called for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.

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