That used to be a bad thing.
During the presidency of George W. Bush, a left wing theater group called “Billionaires for Bush” would show up at political events dressed in tuxedos and top hats while chomping cigars.
The whole point was to make it look like wealthy people in America supported Bush and by extension, all Republican policies because after all, only rich people support Republicans, right?
Billionaires for Bush has been silent for most of President Obama’s two terms despite the aptly chosen nickname “President Goldman Sachs” assigned to Obama by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom have endorsed Hillary Clinton, made their political careers by specifically bashing “millionaires and billionaires” on a regular basis. It’s the stuff of debate drinking games.
Yet lately, we’re being told that billionaires who support Hillary Clinton are a sign of her strength as a candidate. Take, for example, this piece from the Huffington Post:
Billionaire Seth Klarman Slams Trump, Vows To Fight For Clinton
Billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman said on Wednesday he would work to get Hillary Clinton elected president of the United States because he finds recent comments by Donald Trump “shockingly unacceptable.”
“His words and actions over the last several days are so shockingly unacceptable in our diverse and democratic society that it is simply unthinkable that Donald Trump could become our president,” Klarman said of the Republican presidential nominee.
The president and chief executive of The Baupost Group told Reuters in an emailed statement that Trump’s suggestion “that the election will be rigged is particularly dangerous.”
“I will continue to find ways to support Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump,” he said.
See? He’s fighting for Hillary Clinton, so it’s OK.
Mark Cuban, another billionaire, recently endorsed Clinton. CNN reported:
Mark Cuban endorses Hillary Clinton, calls Donald Trump ‘bats— crazy’
Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday during a campaign event in Pittsburgh, telling CNN that he had decided Donald Trump had gone “bats— crazy.”
“Trump scares me,” Cuban said after speaking on behalf of Clinton and Tim Kaine, her vice presidential nominee. “Donald, initially, I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there. But then he went off the reservation and went bats— crazy.”
Cuban also said that he had talked to Trump before he endorsed Clinton and urged the real estate mogul-turned-candidate that at some point he had to adapt and learn policy.
Warren Buffet is also on board. The New York Post reported:
Warren Buffett joins the billionaires-for-Hillary club
Hillary Clinton will get a helping hand at a fundraiser in Omaha, Nebraska, Monday from deep-pocketed investor Warren Buffett — the third billionaire in less than a week to jump to the Democratic presidential nominee’s aid.
The two will hold a public rally together at Omaha North High Magnet School, where Clinton “will discuss her commitment to building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” according to the Clinton campaign.
So here’s the question…
If the left thought billionaires were evil under Bush, why are they suddenly a force of good for supporting Hillary Clinton?
The answer is obvious.
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