‘I’m Spending All My Money to Get Rid of Trump’: Michael Bloomberg

 U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg told Reuters he is ready to spend much of his vast fortune to oust Republican President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020, rejecting criticism from rivals for the Democratic nomination that the billionaire is trying to buy the U.S. election.

Ranked by Forbes as the eighth-richest American, Bloomberg has flooded U.S. airwaves and social media feeds with messages that he stands the best chance to beat Trump, spending more on campaign ads since he launched his campaign in November than his main Democratic rivals have over the last year.

“Number one priority is to get rid of Donald Trump. I’m spending all my money to get rid of Trump,” Bloomberg told Reuters aboard his campaign bus on Saturday, during a nearly 300-mile (483-km) drive across Texas, one of the 14 states that will vote on Super Tuesday on March 3.

“Do you want me to spend more or less? End of story.”

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the leading Democratic presidential contenders who has vowed to get money out of politics, blasted Bloomberg when he launched his campaign with a $37-million TV advertising blitz, accusing the former New York City mayor of trying to buy American democracy.

“These are just political things they say, hoping they catch on and they don’t like me doing it, because it competes with them, not because it’s bad policy,” Bloomberg said.

After entering the race late and missing the first six Democratic debates, Bloomberg generally sits fifth in national public opinion polls behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Warren and Pete Buttigieg.

But not just the two liberal standard-bearers of Warren and Sanders, all of the four are too liberal to beat Trump, Bloomberg said.

“One of the reasons I’m reasonably confident I could beat Trump is I would be acceptable to the moderate Republicans you have to have,” said Bloomberg, a former Republican who made his fortune selling financial information to Wall Street firms.

“Whether you like it or not, you can’t win the election unless you get moderate Republicans to cross the line. The others are much too liberal for them and they would certainly vote for Donald Trump.”

After a late entry into the race, he is skipping the first four Democratic nomination contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina all due to take place in February.

Instead, Bloomberg is waging a nationwide campaign to capture delegates in later contests such as Texas, which will be the second largest prize among the 14 Super Tuesday states.

At campaign events in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas in Texas on Saturday, Bloomberg said his bipartisan nature made it more likely he could deliver on his pledges to expand health insurance coverage, fight climate change and reduce gun violence.

While his speeches drew modest crowds of no more than a few hundred in Austin and fewer still in San Antonio, many who attended said they were independents or former Trump supporters who had learned about Bloomberg through his massive advertising campaign.

“He’s better than Trump,” said Marcelo Montemayor, 75, who listened to Bloomberg speak at a taco restaurant in San Antonio.

Montemayor voted for Trump in 2016 but worries the president’s conservative appointees to federal courts could undermine abortion rights.

Bloomberg’s television ads have dominated the airwaves both nationwide and in Texas.

In the top four media markets in the Lone Star State, which include Houston and Dallas, Bloomberg has spent more than $15 million on television ads through mid-January, said Mark Jones, a political scientist at Houston’s Rice University, who analyzed Federal Communications Commission records on ad buys.

That exceeds the combined spending nationwide by Democratic frontrunners in 2019, according to a Wesleyan Media Project analysis of Kantar/CMAG television ad data through mid-December.

And for this year’s Super Bowl broadcast on Feb. 2 in Miami, Trump and Bloomberg both plan to air a 60-second television commercial, a prime example of their ability to devote vast resources to reach millions of viewers.

Trump campaign officials said the campaign paid $10 million for air time. Last year’s National Football League championship game drew nearly 100 million viewers.

“You can’t get to 330 million people by shaking hands. Television is still the magic medium,” Bloomberg said.

“If the Super Bowl wasn’t a place to get to an awful lot of people they wouldn’t be charging a lot, or nobody would be paying it. This is capitalism at work.”

(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Clarence Fernandez)

Responses

  1. Gun and soft drink control for all! Who wouldn’t vote for that?

    Sadly, wait for the haters to hate on my comment!

  2. “Lyin’ Commie Swine.” Lee Jenkins

    Now, now, don’t go confusing yourself, Lee.

    There isn’t a “commie” hair on his body.

  3. I hope he does spends all his $$$$$$$. Because when Trump wins again mikey will be broke. Anyone who called him a republican is wrong. He used that just to run for mayor. Almost everything he said done was for more government control. That is not what true republican stand for. Now he’s a demwite just to run for president. Just like Bernie is running as a demwite. He is a registered independent. They all do and say what ever they need to, to get what they want for themselves. That’s all they care about. What’s in it for me

  4. Midget fascist Mike;s net worth is $45B. He’s lying. Even if he spends the entire amount buying votes through paying off debts and buying “free” shit for the socialist parasites he still lacks a persuasive message.

    Let him win the Dim nomination or split the vote. He’s got so much sexist and racist baggage that the RNC and sitting president will eat his lunch.

    1. I want “Midget Mike” (hat tip ST for that inspiration) to win. Mini-Mike has so many corrupt ties to China that any Dem accusation of Trump/Russia collusion seem even more absurd than it already is!!

      Bloomberg=China is well documented fact!!

  5. Hahahahaha hahahahaha I hope he spends it all and he becomes homeless hahahahaha hahahahaha

    1. He could spend all of his cash and still not be homeless—He did not say he was selling his real estate holdings. Just curious, what religion do you belong that it is considered acceptable to “hope” and finding amusing someone becoming homeless?

  6. If he thinks he’s going to get moderate conservatives to vote for him he’s lost his TDS mind. He isn’t moderate. He’s dictatorship worthy. Spend away Bloomberg. Continue to not allow reporters that work for you to not do their job. We see what you are.

    1. It is sad that you believe that you “see” anything clearly.

    1. What Trump supporter would have an issue with “an arrogant, pompous POS”? Are you campaigning for Bloomberg?

      1. If you can’t see what a pompous asshole Bloomberg really is, “It is sad that you believe that you “see” anything clearly.” Perhaps you should just stop before you bury yourself in your own stupidity Phyllis. . .

        “Just curious, what religion do you belong that it is considered acceptable to “hope” and finding amusing someone becoming” ___ less successful, less wealthy, less capable of attaining a job, having a less successful retirement program, or having un-affordable healthcare. . . What EXACTLY has Trump done that you Dimwits can’t get over? I can name over 300 things that made me absolutely abhor Clinton (from the time I was a teen) and Obummer, but I haven’t heard anything other than TDS about the man who is finally making progress and getting our country back to the powerful stature that we should be, both locally and worldwide. I don’t suppose your teenager ever said to you “Mommy, what kind of an example is that, to cheat on his wife in the Oval Office with a barely 20’s intern?”

        What Obama “supporter would have an issue with “an arrogant, pompous POS”? Are you campaigning for” Lying Liz or Go Nowhere Bernie? Perhaps you should do some research into what you’re talking about before you try insulting other people or attacking people based on their religion or ideals. That definitely isn’t a Christian thing to do, unless you’re mayor Butt-gig, and then, by all means, insult away. Just be prepared for people like myself to call you out for your inability to understand the POS you see in the mirror.

        There are times Phyllis, that it would be best to keep your ignorant mouth shut and your eyes open. You might actually learn something in the time you have left on this earth. I will continue that God will give you the ability to understand how incapable and ignorant your thoughts are in the big picture, and that no matter what, He is in control. That includes getting the Muslim POS out of control of this country, and handing it back to a man who has proclaimed Christian ideals. While Trump isn’t a saint, we didn’t elect him to be one, nor a priest. We elected him because your parties BS was putting our country into a dive, and we (the silent majority) were sick of it and the political correctness BS that your side has been so fixated on, while completely disregarding the whole time.

        To finish this up, while you didn’t attack me directly, I agree with the person you attacked on their religious beliefs, I agree with the person you attacked on their ideals, so you have not only attacked them, but you’ve attacked me as well. What a very “tolerant” thing you’ve done here. I hope you’re proud of yourself. Perhaps you should do the whole personal inventory, and spend some time in prayer.
        Here’s my response to you ma’am from those former attacks. . . . Go Screw Yourself. “Religious” people like you make a bad name for true believers. I hope you can get your head screwed back on straight after you pull it out of your backside, and perhaps then, you can make a more legitimate argument, rather than insulting people for their differences in beliefs.

  7. And only the television stations and ad firms will get rich.

    1. Who, Bloomberg?

      Ha ha ha ha ha! You are so confused. There isn’t a “commie” hair on his body.

      1. Join the discussion…confuction, another ignorant/arrogant POS like syphilis. Just like you and syphilis booberg is communist from head to foot, hammer and sickle through and through.

  8. Go ahead and spend EVERY last dime you have you communist a**hole!!!!!

      1. Join the discussion…Typical ignorant/arrogant statement from the know nothing syphilis. I wasn’t giving him permission, he already said he was going to do it **tch

  9. Lol a whole 45 people showed up for his ‘rally’ with Judge Judy. Spend all your money, moron. You’ll like being poor…

    1. Didn’t Judge Judy go on the View and say something like; Bloomberg is the only one running who has not only managed business but has also held office? I remember thinking; What about President Trump?

  10. “Number one priority is to get rid of Donald Trump. I’m spending all my money to get rid of Trump,” Bloomberg told Reuters.

    Another lie, just like all the lies in his ads. He takes credit for what Rudy Giuliani and others had done in New York city, while running from things he did do such as the unconstitutional practice of “stop-and-frisk”. He hides the fact that millions left the city he ran from 2002-2013, a trend his successors have not been able to reverse in large part because they are continuing many of his policies. Bloomberg ran the city as a dictator imposing his will on law enforcement, education, and business. Trampling on several constitutional rights. He made some ‘progress’ in education as measured in graduation rates. However, despite being mayor for 12 years, he left with 1/3 of 9th graders failing to graduate from high school on time–most failing to graduate at all. His critics note that many of the gains, such as they are, were due to charter schools and graduating children in the public schools that don’t meet minimum levels of proficiency.

    Will Bloomberg be penniless when this election cycle is over? Not a chance!

  11. Spend away dimwit. Hopefully you will be alot lighter in the wallet when Trump gets re-elected in a landslide. The Dems are gonna screw old Bernie again…run Biden instead. Hey Bloomie he will be easy to control. He doesn’t even know what day it is

    1. Even if he loses, which he will, he still will be far, FAR richer than King Donald The Loser will EVER be!

    2. Trump thinks the Revolutionary soldiers defended airports—apparently no one except the NRA and brutal dictators can control him. BTW, if you are going to call someone a dimwit, you should check your spelling before sending your post. “alot” is correctly spelled as “a lot.”

  12. Bloomburger isn’t making much progress for all his $$$. He’ll be offering fries ? with that burger.

  13. Your hatred far exceeds your wealth. Hopefully, you spend every last cent on this childish, jealous game you’re playing. All the money in the world won’t make you a good choice for the American people.

  14. He may be rich, but he’s just another run of the mill bitter democrat. Heaven forbid we should have a soaring stock market benefiting everyone’s 401ks, the lowest unemployment on record for all races, a president who protects Americans in the homeland and overseas — and our soldiers, lowers taxes, etc. And re: the voter who was concerned about conservative judges eroding abortion rights, if congress had done its job of enacting abortion rights as an actual law, instead of a court decision, it wouldn’t be so vulnerable in the courts.

  15. ‘I’m Spending All My Money to Get Rid of Trump’
    Translation – I am going to buy the election and give George Soros and the DNC a rest.

  16. Please do Bloomberg!! Then you’ll see what a stupidiot you are when he wins in 2020!! KAG 2020!! ??

  17. This is the same man who told his news organization to lay off the Democrat candidates but stay after Trump. If he doesn’t like what the person says, he throws money against them….sort of like George Soros. Ah yeah. he’d be sooooooo good for this country

  18. I thought Judge Judy was smarter than to back a slow horse. His billions will still not make him a winner. He wants to throw money away? Well, have at it. At the end of the race he’ll just have less money to brag about.

  19. The reason for TDS is simple. They are scared. Trump is exposing the dems for all the years of corruption, stealing tax dollars and treasonous activities. They don’t want their devious ways exposed, but they are the ones exposing them in the end. Barr and Durham have so much to discover and investigate, they’ll be at it awhile!!

    1. Total projection of what the American Fascist Party has done for decades, since the 1970s!

  20. That’s funny you should say that, Michael. I’m spending my vote to make sure your Socialist ideas don’t ever come to pass in the United States. Trump might be brash, I’m tired of his tweeting, but he’s doing right for this country. At least with his tweets he says what the fake news media won’t say. That he’s doing a good job, bringing back jobs from overseas that Obama let go, reworking NAFTA that Bill Clinton screwed up and erasing the line in the sand with Iraq and Iran and telling them to either shape up or be blown back into the stone age. You can’t reason with people like that who are fanatics. You would probably want to send them a fruit basket. He’s playing tough, which is what they understand. You’re spending your money on a false narrative because the only ‘President’ you will ever be is President of your local HOA. Better to save that money for your kids.

    1. You can’t reason with people that are so filled with hate. It is odd before 2015 Hollyweird, dems, and the super rich loved Trump.

    2. Iran is already in the stone age with Fred and Barney.

  21. So on top of banning soft drinks and guns the pint-sized douche is also deeply infected with TDS and thinks he can cure it by spending billions=Seek Help Shorty

  22. So his plan of action is to “take down Trump” does he even have a plan beyond that? Is his message just if you hate Trump vote for me? How old is this guy he looks around 90 why are all these geriatrics with millions the only viable candidates?

  23. It’s nice to see D-RAT billionaires (Bloomberg & Steyre) that normally contribute to other D-RAT campaigns, run for office (with zero chance of winning), spending millions on their own hopeless campaigns, all the while denying those contributions from real D-RAT candidates. The non-billionaire D-RAT candidates are wincing without those contributions. One thing for certain: all the left wing, liberal, open border, everything is free, greenie, lying, phony, do-nothing, pandering D-RATs have exposed themselves as the lack of common sense fools they really are. Only foolish people could believe all their crap!

    1. What I don’t understand 90% of the filthy rich are supporting leftist ideas. I guess they have no problem to be taxed 90% of their wealth. These people are insane.

  24. I love to see KARMA due to him, because his heart is full of hate.

  25. When you care NOTHING about America or its people — you just HATE TRUMP! This is TDS in action… and it’s sickening.

  26. Good, nanny Bloomberg, spend ALL your money in an attempt to get rid of President Trump. When he is re-elected and you’re broke then Americans can celebrate a twofer.
    Trump 2020
    Keeping America Great

  27. As a NYC resident, except for his “helicopter parenting style” attempts to oversee constituents dietary choices, Bloomberg was not a complete disaster as Mayor. Lord knows DeMoron makes me wish for the days of Bloomberg something fierce.

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