Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have entered the 2020 presidential race at a late stage, but that hasn’t stopped him from transforming into a formidable contender via his personal fortune.
Bloomberg is hitting the airwaves, and hard, outspending everyone in the race by a long-shot thanks to his status as one of the nation’s richest individuals. This is precisely the sort of thing that supporters of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders fear.
Sanders, who has been espousing the possibility of a political “revolution” for years, consistently rails against “millionaires and billionaires” during his stump speeches. (Bernie is, ironically, a millionaire himself thanks to his book sales).
If Bloomberg is going to be successful in the race, he’ll have to go through Sanders, who is the current out-and-out frontrunner in the race.
Mike Bloomberg’s campaign on Monday launched a new ad ripping the so-called “Bernie Bros” for using online bullying tactics against anyone who opposes Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“We need to unite to defeat Trump in November. This type of ‘energy’ is not going to get us there,” Bloomberg writes in a tweet along with the 53-second clip.
The video contains numerous tweets, including one of a Photoshopped meme of Sanders pointing a handgun with the words “I am no longer asking.”
“##Bernie or Bust now it’s #Bernie or Else,” the caption also read.
This is a dangerous political proposition, however.
Alienating the rabid supporters that Sanders calls his own is likely what cost Hillary Clinton the general election in 2016. If Bloomberg isn’t careful, he could make a similarly doomed move.
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