Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was ridiculed online on Monday after yet another tape of his comments resurfaced.
“Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said at a private event in 2016 that his presidential campaign platform would have been to “defend the banks” and also labeled the progressive movement and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, now a rival for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, as ‘scary,'” CNN reported Monday.
“Audio of his comments, allegedly from a closed Goldman Sachs event for at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2016, were anonymously sent to CNN by an email address called ‘CancelGoldman,’ with the author claiming he worked at Goldman Sachs for 14 years. The email called on Bloomberg to drop out of the race,” CNN explained. “Bloomberg’s campaign confirmed the authenticity of the comments.”
Audio of the event was posted on Sound Cloud:
“The left is arising. The progressive movement is just as scary,” Bloomberg said. “Elizabeth Warren on one side. And whoever you want to pick on the Republicans on the right side?”
“Well, to start, my first campaign platform would be to defend the banks, and you know how well that’s gonna sell in this country,” Bloomberg added.
“But seriously,” he continued, “somebody’s gotta stand up and do what we need. A healthy banking system that’s going to take risks because that’s what creates the jobs for everybody. And nobody’s willing to say that. The trouble is, these campaigns in this day and age, really are about slogans and not about issues anymore. And in this election you’re going to see people are voting and they either love or hate, mostly hate both, but who you hate the least. That’s what they’re going to vote for. And they’re not going to vote on issues.”
Bloomberg referred to the Goldman Sachs crowd as “my peeps.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) cherished the idea of scaring the billionaire and his peeps.
Warren’s campaign bought the url www.ScareMikeBloomberg.com — which redirects to a page where people can contribute to her campaign.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 24, 2020
The Massachutts senator wasn’t the only one dunking on Bloomberg for his comments, here’s some of what was being said:
LOL, if Mike Bloomberg called Elizabeth Warren “scary” *before* she reached into his chest and pulled out his still-beating heart on live television, I wonder what he thinks of her now?
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) February 24, 2020
Warren strikes fear into billionaires like Bloomberg because she knows exactly what levers to pull to make them pay. That's why he decided to run. Not out of the goodness of his heart to stop Trump. But to stop Warren, who he called "scary" because she knows how to get it done. https://t.co/JDg7VoQ8os
— Sara Ackerman 🐺🗽 (@saramikaila) February 24, 2020
Still doubt that Bloomberg got in this race to try to stop Elizabeth Warren? https://t.co/pnF5xiJwNm
— Shannon (@TheStagmania) February 24, 2020
Biden's @AndrewBatesNC responds to this @KFILE story on Bloomberg's Obama remarks: "Vice President Biden had President Obama's back every day of their partnership. In stark contrast, Michael Bloomberg turned his back on the president and our administration." https://t.co/ixtfoGkZeK pic.twitter.com/YAcxZ9jyQT
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) February 24, 2020
It's almost like a bruja had come to him with a premonition:
"Be afraid of Elizabeth Warren. She will end you." https://t.co/SUOfYwYu3w
— Ari "Vote by Mail" Trujillo Wesler 🌹🌈 (@TheReFTW) February 24, 2020
— Eddie (@ArizonaEddie) February 25, 2020
As often as Mike Bloomberg attacks Elizabeth Warren, he only guarantees I'll be very glad to cast a vote for her. He's a republican, buying his way into the Democratic party.
— Chris Sampson (@TAPSTRIMEDIA) February 25, 2020
This is who most Democrats in power are ok with being President, but Bernie is a step to far https://t.co/LPEmaGWKZG
— Alexander The Meh (@Alexand3rTheMeh) February 24, 2020
LOL well he was right about Warren.
Let's remember who Bloomberg originally got into this race to stop. https://t.co/okDcD8g55I
— 🕷Dante Atkins🕷 (@DanteAtkins) February 24, 2020
Bloomberg saying he is scared of Elizabeth Warren is a better campaign ad than anything he's spent his $500 million on. He is scared because he knows she will hold guys like him accountable. https://t.co/9e3TpQX4rc
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 24, 2020
I did the math for Bloomberg.
If Elizabeth Warren passed her wealth tax plan, Bloomberg will pay about $4 billion taxes per year on his $65 billion fortune.
That's why Bloomberg would rather spend hundreds of millions to buy the nomination.https://t.co/dA2QgF7p74
— TristanElizabeth Warren Ethered Bloomberg (@8___Tristan___8) February 24, 2020
He's an authoritarian and narcissist of the same mold as Trump. Only the letter next to his name is different.
— brent but south carolina primary 🏝 (@brent858) February 24, 2020
Vote for the candidate who makes Billionaires cry pic.twitter.com/8ORymFXmtp
— Joanna🗽 (@JoannaConn3lly) February 24, 2020
Trump gambling his presidency on a voting group that may no longer exist
President Donald Trump is betting that his law-and-order scare tactics will energize white suburban voters -- but that demographic may no longer exist as it once did.
The president remains popular in rural areas, and he won over suburban voters by 4 percent in 2016, and Trump and his Republican allies are betting he can turn out non-college educated whites who may be disgusted by police violence but don't support protests, reported Politico.
“There’s a lot of concern about the way the Minneapolis police acted,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, a seven-term Republican from the northern Virginia suburbs. “But whenever you start looting — and now the stuff’s spread out to Leesburg, it’s in Manassas … the politics takes a different turn.”
‘One racist down. Hundreds in office to go’: Applause as Steve King is ousted in Iowa primary
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While acknowledging that the important work of ridding Congress of racist lawmakers is far from finished, progressives celebrated the ouster of white supremacist Rep. Steve King in Iowa's Republican primary Tuesday as a significant victory and a step in the right direction.
Amid pandemic, White House race becomes digital dogfight
The 2020 US presidential race is becoming a digital-first campaign as the coronavirus pandemic cuts candidates off from traditional organizing and in-person events.
On the surface, President Donald Trump has the edge over Democrat Joe Biden because of the incumbent's extensive digital infrastructure and large social media following.
But Biden has been stepping up his digital presence and is getting a boost from a handful of outside organizations seeking to counter Trump's messaging on social platforms.
Both sides agree that digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media have taken the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning.