Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2020 presidential campaign was criticized for being out-of-touch on the topic of Flint, Michigan on Monday.
The city of over 100,000 people has been in a state of emergency over lead contamination in the drinking water supply.
But Bloomberg's campaign on Monday complained about a piece of posterboard with the slogan "eat the rich" posted on the window of their office in Flint.
Bloomberg is one of the richest people on earth, with an estimated net worth of over $60 billion. Bloomberg spent heavily to reelect then-Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) -- who has been widely blamed for Flinto's water crisis.
“Eat the Rich” Our office in Flint, MI America deserves better. https://t.co/ar5jKPmIJs— Team Bloomberg (@Team Bloomberg)1582567708.0
The campaign was harshly criticized for their choice of complaints about what is going on in Flint.
Here's some of what people were saying as "Flint" trended nationwide on Twitter.
@Mike2020 This absolutely rules why are you dunking on yourself— Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast) (@Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast))1582573850.0
@Mike2020 this sign is in Flint, Michigan................which still does not have clean water after years.........… https://t.co/a2BBAYjzJf— ethereal bisexual / defund the police (@ethereal bisexual / defund the police)1582569808.0
@Mike2020 If you’re going to fake these you should use less popular slogans— The Guillotine Shouter (@The Guillotine Shouter)1582573799.0
@Mike2020 Seeing this post rightfully backfire is cementing the fact that a billionaire can IN NO WAY relate to the… https://t.co/XzGu7xoJmT— Sarah DesLauriers (@Sarah DesLauriers)1582577965.0
@bourgeoisalien @Mike2020 Michael Bloomberg PAC backing Michigan ads for Gov. Rick Snyder re-election bid https://t.co/lSfP6LPDb5— defund third way 🌹🇩🇴 ➐ (@defund third way 🌹🇩🇴 ➐)1582577129.0
@Mike2020 do you think there might be more important issues in Flint to worry about?— twink rights activist (@twink rights activist)1582569850.0
@Mike2020 You're right. We do deserve better. Drop out, you dirty Oligarch.— Ash (@Ash)1582571689.0
@Mike2020 Same energy: https://t.co/r8wWjPozjb— Greenn Glenwald (@Greenn Glenwald)1582568337.0
@Mike2020 oh we're gonna be eating the rich all right https://t.co/TZyG9Ql2KT— bullying works (@bullying works)1582568316.0
the estimated cost to replace Flint's pipes was $55 million, if Bloomberg had used some of his $61.9 billion wealth… https://t.co/e9DBtNJFPS— maura quint (@maura quint)1582577914.0
imagine being a billionaire & playing the victim in Flint https://t.co/l7Zlkx8mwc— Discreetmas (Where My Background Singers? Woo!) (@Discreetmas (Where My Background Singers? Woo!))1582570798.0
Speaking of Mike Bloomberg and Flint, in 2014 he gave $3 million to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the man responsibl… https://t.co/1cwUisHzCI— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1582580402.0
Mike Bloomberg could've spent the $450 million he dumped into ads for his presidential campaign to instead buy new… https://t.co/MNC7DOuEyR— Siraj Hashmi, BS (bachelor of 69) (@Siraj Hashmi, BS (bachelor of 69))1582571353.0
i mean, listen gonna go ahead and say that it's not a good look to whine about being mistreated in *FLINT MICHIGAN* https://t.co/evwhoPzHHm— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman)1582577799.0
Bloomberg spent $3 million to re-elect GOP Gov. Rick Snyder after Snyder's attack on local democracy via "emergency… https://t.co/73tYheqiPO— Stephen Wolf (@Stephen Wolf)1582578061.0
Cost of repairing Flint's water pipes: $55 million Cost of Mike Bloomberg's ad spending: $505.8 million America d… https://t.co/JIZzI63odc— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich)1582577717.0