Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was ridiculed online after attempting to land a joke at the Democratic Party presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina.
Bloomberg shared the stage with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and businessman Tom Steyer.
Bloomberg attempted to joke that he opponents would be afraid to show up, a reference to his disastrous appearance in his first debate.
We used to like jokes. Then some comedy writer wrote this for Bloomberg and now we don't. #DemDebate https://t.co/zwx3d9vWx1— Pod Save America (@Pod Save America)1582682737.0
Here's what people were saying about Bloomberg's attempt at humor:
Bloomberg saying he won the last #DemDebate was one of those moments that’s so cringeworthy, it gives you secondhand embarrassment.— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno)1582682572.0
Bloomberg tries to make self-deprecating joke and comedy just killed itself behind the auditorium.— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit)1582682414.0
Bloomberg's jokes make me physically cringe. He has zero charisma. Trump would utterly destroy him in debates. #DemDebate— The Humanist Report🌹 (@The Humanist Report🌹)1582682879.0
Bloomberg is making me hate jokes.— Emily Nussbaum (@Emily Nussbaum)1582682842.0
I’m rooting for Bloomberg to never land a joke in this campaign season. Not one. It’s like when I was rooting for C… https://t.co/kQjTHw1UQ0— KFC (@KFC)1582683044.0
Bloomberg thinking he could save everything by cramming in a self-deprecating joke about how soundly he was thrashe… https://t.co/pvB8EZufbB— Paul F. Tompkins (@Paul F. Tompkins)1582682495.0
Bloomberg calls his opponents "contestants," then attempts a self-deprecating joke that is forced and awkward.— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson)1582682380.0
Did Bloomberg just breeze past his comments on redlining to make a joke about his last debate performance?— Christina Reynolds (@Christina Reynolds)1582682386.0
is jay leno writing bloomberg's jokes #demdebate— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern)1582682437.0
I hope the Bloomberg joke writer cashed that check already— Charles V Payne (@Charles V Payne)1582682892.0
Very rare to hear a joke whose punchline doubles as a comprehensive explanation for why the joke is inaccessible an… https://t.co/C5N7xFNpkQ— Eric Levitz (@Eric Levitz)1582683185.0
That Bloomberg joke was the “please, clap” of humor.— Matt O'Brien (@Matt O'Brien)1582682455.0
Bloomberg should not try to make jokes.— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Elizabeth de la Vega)1582682842.0
Just try to imagine the salary of the person writing Bloomberg’s jokes— Leah Greenberg (@Leah Greenberg)1582682523.0
Apparently there is one thing Mike Bloomberg cannot buy: a good joke. #DemDebate— Ronna McDaniel (@Ronna McDaniel)1582683004.0