“The DNC will not allow Cory Booker on that stage, will not allow Julian Castro … but they’re going to allow Mike Bloomberg because HE HAS A BILLION F**KING DOLLARS?!”
A few months ago, Cory Booker wanted the Democratic National Committee to change their debate rules so he could qualify for a debate, but the DNC said no. Now the DNC is changing the rules to accommodate Michael Bloomberg so that he will appear in the next debate.
Ted Johnson of Deadline describes the new rules:
The DNC’s new guidelines, effective for the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas, require that candidates get at least one delegate out of the upcoming Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, or reach at least 10% in four national polls or 12% in two state polls. To qualify previously, candidates had to reach a polling and a donor threshold.
Bloomberg put more than $200 million of his own money into his presidential campaign as of Dec. 31, according to the latest figures filed with the Federal Election Commission.
People on the left can see what’s going on, and they are not happy about it. During an event for Bernie Sanders in Iowa, left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore went off on the DNC over this.
Virginia Kruta reports at the Daily Caller:
Michael Moore Unloads On DNC Over New Rules That Could Help Bloomberg
Michael Moore ripped into the new debate standards set by the Democratic National Committee, arguing that they would allow billionaire Michael Bloomberg to buy his way onto the stage.
Moore took the stage Friday at a rally for Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Clive, Iowa, and ranted about the new rules in an expletive-filled speech.
“The DNC will not allow Cory Booker on that stage, will not allow Julian Castro … but they’re going to allow Mike Bloomberg because HE HAS A BILLION F*CKING DOLLARS?!” Moore shouted.
Watch the video below. Strong language warning, obviously:
The theory floating around in political media right now is that Bloomberg is running to be a backup candidate if Joe Biden implodes. Does it sound like the Bernie wing of the party is going to go along with that plan?
1. DNC members didn’t vote on this, or any of the debate rules.
2. Every candidate and every donor who gave to that candidate who played by the rules (to date) should voice outrage at Tom Perez.
3. Perez will never be Governor of MD by doing this https://t.co/p0HEXmoukR
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) January 31, 2020
The DNC drastically changed its debate requirement rules to ensure the inclusion of Mike Bloomberg, mostly because he’s a billionaire.
Right before the change, he donated $325,000+ to the Democratic national committee.
Quid pro quo? pic.twitter.com/IOs36uI2c8
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) February 1, 2020
1. The DNC process sucked.
2. Bloomberg SHOULD be on the debate stage at this point. The reality is that he has bought himself into contention and shouldn’t be able to avoid scrutiny by moderators and competitors.
3. Oligarchy is real.
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) January 31, 2020
How much do you think Bloomberg bribed the DNC to get them to change the rules all of a sudden?
Every other candidate that has previously complained about the qualifications were told that “the DNC will not change the threshold for any one candidate.”https://t.co/cOZpT4osCT
— Harvard Students for Bernie (@Harvard4Bernie) January 31, 2020
It doesn’t even matter if the DNC had good intentions here. Perception is everything, and this looks terrible.
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