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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Enters Dem 2020 Race with a Thud

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Enters Dem 2020 Race with a Thud

Bloomberg: “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America”

New York City’s Big Gulp-banning, would-be gun-grabbing busybody former mayor has formally announced his bid for the Democrat nomination for president.

The former Democrat, turned Republican, turned Democrat billionaire apparently sees weakness in the current clown car crop of Democrat hopefuls and has tossed his Nanny hat into the ring.

It’s landed—somewhere on the totalitarian left—with a bit of a thud.

NBC News reports:

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially entered the 2020 race Sunday, ending several weeks of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation about a late entry into the already-crowded Democratic primary.

“I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,” Bloomberg said on his campaign website. “We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions. He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage.”

Bloomberg’s entry was preceded by news of a massive television ad buy — $31 million, according to Advertising Analytics, which said it was the single largest single week expenditure the firm had ever tracked. A $30 million buy in the final weeks of the 2012 race for then-President Barack Obama held the previous record.

The ad promotes Bloomberg’s record as mayor in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as his post-mayoral work campaigning for gun control and against the coal lobby.

Over at progressive Buzzfeed, they are somewhat . . . less than enthusiastic.  In an article hilariously entitled, “Michael Bloomberg Is Really Running For President,” Matt Berman notes that Bloomberg is a “strange fit” in the Democrat primary.

Bloomberg, 77, is a strange fit in the primary. He was first elected as mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2001, before leaving the party in 2007 and winning a third term as an independent in 2009. He registered as a Democrat in 2018, when he was considering running for president.

Party allegiance has already been an issue in the race this year — Joe Biden has implicitly criticized Elizabeth Warren for being a registered Republican decades ago. “I’ve been a Democrat my whole life,” Biden said at a recent fundraiser in Pittsburgh. “This person has only fairly recently in the mid-’90s become a Democrat.”

He’s also joining a campaign where extreme wealth has been a focus. Warren and Bernie Sanders have laid out proposals that would tax high wealth, something that would clearly impact Bloomberg, who is worth $52 billion. Bloomberg attacked Warren’s wealth tax proposal in January, comparing it to socialist schemes in countries like Venezuela.

. . . . Bloomberg also took a swipe at the progressive focus on “Medicare for All;” and in the ad a narrator says Bloomberg will work so “everyone without health insurance is guaranteed to get it, and everyone who likes theirs can go ahead and keep it.”

Kellyanne Conway cut to the chase on Face the Nation and pointed out that if the Democrat field were more promising, Bloomberg would not have entered.

The Hill reports:

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway Sunday said the entry of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg into the 2020 presidential race demonstrated that “the Democratic field is underwhelming.”

Bloomberg’s entry, Conway said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” was the former mayor’s way of saying “I don’t think any of you can beat Donald Trump,” but decried his first campaign ad, saying it was “all unicorns and rainbows” and comparing it to Obama’s campaign, adding “as we sit here today over 10 million have no health insurance of any kind.”

The reaction on Twitter is less than enthusiastic, with many on the left being upset that he’s a billionaire and may damage socialist (millionaire) Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) bid.

And some people are reacting with hilarious good humor.

It remains to be seen how successful his campaign can be.  He’s reportedly vowed not to take campaign donations, so he won’t meet the minimum criteria for any Democrat debate stage, and it seems unlikely that he’s going be a big hit on the left. Or the right.  Or in the middle.


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After saying Xi has to govern China the way his constituents (voters) want is all I need to know Bloomie can’t see a dictatorship when it is in front of his eyes. I guess Bloomberg wants to be president for life also. His campaign will be as successful as the Bunker Hunts trying to capture the silver market.

    Tom Servo in reply to alaskabob. | November 24, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    How I hope he is gearing up for a 3rd party run! Even Bloomie has to know that he can’t possibly win the Dem nomination. If he runs 3rd party, he can appeal to that large conservative demographic that wants the government to confiscate all private weapons, by force. 😉

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to alaskabob. | November 24, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    ……of course…….

    Bloomers is a dictatorship sucker……

    Milhouse in reply to alaskabob. | November 25, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Um, Xi is not a president for life, and he does have to govern the way his constituents want. If he doesn’t they’ll vote him out at the next party congress and put in someone else.

      Barry in reply to Milhouse. | November 25, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      You’re a dope.

      Barry in reply to Milhouse. | November 25, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Xi is a communist dictator. He answers to no one, no voter. The only way you can remove him is through violent overthrow of the regime.

      You know as much about Chinese communism as you do about the Soviet version I see.

        Milhouse in reply to Barry. | November 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm

        That is simply not true. And you know it.

          Barry in reply to Milhouse. | November 25, 2019 at 9:10 pm

          I know you know nothing about history in the communist world and pretend you do. Ask your granny.

          Please though, tell us how the Chinese get to vote and choose their leaders, tell us how the party members get to vote and choose their leaders. Then tell us how you know what the vote is and why it’s an honest vote. Then tell us about all those peaceful changes in communist leadership that occur at the ballot box, rather than what we know occurs; the leaders accumulate and consolidate power and serve until they die or fall into ill health with very few exceptions.

          Explain the necessity of the commies murdering 100 million+ people in order to hold onto power. Do you count those as votes?

          100 million+ murdered and you claim “he does have to govern the way his constituents want”.

          OK, I know you’re being cute here and his constituents are the communist party, a party that not even 1 in 15 Chinese citizens belong to, but the fact is he doesn’t even answer to them.

          It’s a charade and you are a dope. Or a liar.

          Or both.

The one Twitterer says…

…buy Fox News…

It’s remarkable how threatened dedicated leftists feel about one single outlet out of the many. Just that one causes them to lose elections? LOL

I don’t think Bloomberg understands how far the Democrats have gone to the left.

It’s gotten to the point that many are attacking Obama as a conservative which is in of itself laughable.

Bloomberg will never survive the current purity tests the left is running. The purity tests are getting so ridiculous there are now attempts to attack Warren over the fact that decades ago she was a Republican.

I also think he may not realize that the left includes almost all of the media and the media helps the left run those purity tests.

His campaign has sunk before it’s even left the harbor. He’s just wasting money.

ScottTheEngineer | November 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm

“as we sit here today over 10 million have no health insurance of any kind.”

I don’t understand this. We still have Obamacare. Trump didn’t overturn Obamacare he rescinded the individual mandate.
The individual mandate doesn’t take insurance away. It penalizes people like me who can no longer afford to buy insurance and don’t qualify for subsidies. My insurance premium went from 200 to 2000.00 a month.

I thought this was all fixed???

Thanks for nothing John McCain and Lisa Murkowski.

We need a landslide in the House and senate to get rid of these worthless bastards.

On the plus side. I hear we have a New Supreme Court seat opening soon. Normally I wouldn’t speak ill of the near dead but that crazy bitch wants my grand kids to starve to death.

    The left is particularly bad at the “fixes” they make to programs. Obamacare is a prime example.
    It was rammed down on us, despite the protests and despite everything argued against it coming true or being worse than it was “supposed to be”, the left now wants to “fix it” again so it can be magnitudes worse.
    I guess they want Obamacare to be looked at like it was the good old days.

ITs not a thud. He has no intention of running a race much less winning. He’s now gotten around campaign laws and can run all the HATE Trump ads he wants.

    Ghost Rider in reply to 2smartforlibs. | November 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I fear you are right about trashing Trump with his big ad buy. However, deep down I believe he thinks he is the savior of this weak Democratic field. He knows Biden is corrupt and going senile.

    Let him spend the money all he wants. Look at Steyer’s ads. He came out of the gate gunning for Trump with his “Impeach Him!” battle cry. Fast forward to today and you see a more traditional (and lame) ad touting all the great things he and his running mate, I mean wife, have done to help people. (Maybe he has done good, and that’s great, but do good and keep your politics to yourself.) Bloomberg will go nowhere and affect no change.

    What campaign laws? He could always run as many Hate Trump ads as he wanted. The constitution guarantees his right to do so. Becoming a candidate doesn’t affect that in either direction.

I’d like to say that I’m a psychic, but it’s pretty darn clear where this campaign is gonna end up.

“I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America . . . He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage.”

When it becomes universally fashionable to have two scoops of ice cream, well, that’ll be the end.

Mayor Biggulp must have nightmares about it.

I don’t think bloombug is an idiot, so he must know he has no chance.

So why?

    I suspect that he does believe he has a chance. That it’s clear as day to everyone else that he doesn’t is no reason to suspect Bloomberg believes that.

    He sees himself as the better, more refined Trump: an uber-rich New York businessman who thinks he’s the master of the deal. If Trump can do it, Bloomberg probably mutters to himself, so can he. Only he’s ten kinds of wrong, of course.

    He sees himself as a moderate who can take over Biden’s “center” lane, and honestly, given the state of the Democrat party, Bloomberg IS a moderate. How horrifying is that?

      Well, then, he’s an idiot 🙂

      He has no chance. He could spend a billion dollars and still lose.

      If he thinks he’s just going to walk in and get the Biden support he doesn’t understand the hive mind that continues to support Biden in spite of his being clearly corrupt and a doddering senile old fool.

      But hey, join the party Bloombug, we needed more clowns to keep this thing going…

He can’t do any worse that De Blasio

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 24, 2019 at 3:49 pm

…… a punch bowl……..

The Democrats don’t have a Party, they have a Circus!!!
Now, Senile, corrupt Joe will have lost his ” Sanest Guy in the running ” position, Bernie will lose the nomination twice, Liz will go on the war-path…

I believe they are going to pack-up on Bloomberg.
To think that some rich guy can just come in and take it all away just like this. They will go crazy now.
This is going to be fun.

Bloomberg: “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America”

I think he has that backwards. He’s going to rebuild Donald Trump and defeat America.

Bloomie boy wants to transition the DNC fully over into the Party of Taking.

The former Democrat, turned Republican, turned Democrat billionaire

He was never a Republican. He ran in the GOP primary in 2001 only because the Dem primary was already dominated by four strong candidates, while in the GOP primary his only opposition was Herman Badillo with a budget of about $250.35.

    That’s just silly, Milhouse. He ran as and was registered as a Republican, and he made a public statement about switching back to being a Democrat (after for a short time being a registered “Independent”). Of course he was a registered Republican. You can’t be suggesting otherwise.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I take great pleasure in introducing your latest democrat candidate, Beto 2.0, aka Beto Bloomberg; an older, richer version of Robert Francis O’Rourke. He’ll be no more successful than the young Texan, but he’ll spend a lot more money doing it.

News flash dipshit – your remark about “rebuild America” is idiotic. Our man Trump has taken care of that in historic ways.

Just a major money grab. He can’t get it any other way