Jeff Bezos asked Michael Bloomberg to run for President in February. According to Vox:
Sometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city’s former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.
It wasn’t just any Amazon executive — it was Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO and the world’s richest man.
Bezos was calling with a question for his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider entering the 2020 presidential race?
Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation.
But he had a question of his own for Amazon’s CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in New York City? Bezos’s response matched Bloomberg’s — he wouldn’t.
Now Michael Bloomberg is running. As a Democrat. This is a perfect example of why voters are so cynical about politics. The Rich feel they’re entitled to buy control of the country if necessary. Bloomberg will self-fund his campaign, which puts all other Democratic candidates at a huge disadvantage.
His rationale for running is that Joe Biden’s campaign was struggling financially. Instead of putting his money behind Biden, the Mayor’s over-blown sense of self says the country needs him. We don’t.
Michael Bloomberg, though a champion for certain Democratic causes, is no Democrat. His views on women and minorities are enough in themselves to reject him. Then there’s his defense of Wall Street’s business as usual. In September, Bloomberg Magazine boohooed the mere $23 million Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer David Solomon was paid last year. It seems his predecessor earned three times that much in 2007. In fact, they report:
Investment bankers had their pay reduced by about a third, with a mid-level banker now getting $600,000 to $950,000, Bell said. Compensation for managing directors has fallen roughly 30%, to an average of $1.5 million to $2 million.
Awww… at the same time the article states, and I quote, “…pay was never as significant for the [bank] branch staff, [You know- the “little people”] but it’s been holding up too, rising along with average wages.”
As Slate’s Matt put it:
When the question is gigantic sodas, Bloomberg sees exploited marks and decides to rescue them from themselves. But when the question is financial products, Bloomberg sides with the con artists and says the marks are only suffering because they’re not smart enough.
Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the Democratic race could blow everything up. If voters have to choose between two oversized egos, they may just keep the one we’ve got. Bernie voters probably won’t vote at all, making Bloomberg the spoiler, as he admitted.
The Mayor’s autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway, style, coupled with his disdain for women and minorities should make his candidacy a non-starter. Democrats need to stand up to this attempted hijacking of our primary.
Michael Bloomberg isn’t happy with the Democratic frontrunners, so he’s decided to enter the race. As a Democrat. Like a White Knight riding in to save us from ourselves. Pfft.
Bloomberg has been a Republican, an independent, and a Democrat, depending on which party meets his needs at the time. As his two terms as New York City’s Republican Mayor were coming to an end, he introduced a measure to extend the term limit to three terms. This was after, as CNN reported:
“New Yorkers went to the polls twice and said, ‘We want term limits,’ ” … referring to a public vote in 1993 that imposed the two-term limit and another vote in 1996 that maintained it. Bloomberg, who introduced the measure, welcomed the council’s approval as the “right choice.”
He got his third term, regardless of what the voters wanted.
Bloomberg’s support for “Stop and Frisk”, and his arguments for racial profiling are a big problem:
The numbers are the numbers, and the numbers clearly show that the stops are generally proportionate with suspects’ descriptions and for years now critics have been trying to argue that minorities are stopped disproportionately. If you look at the crime numbers, that is just not true. The numbers don’t lie.
While Bloomberg argues the policy lowered crime, the crime rate continues to drop under Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Via Fact Check:
As for Bloomberg’s treatment of women. The Atlantic describes:
… a series of stories about him, accumulated over decades, that suggests in the aggregate a distinct pattern when it comes to his treatment of women: reports of disparaging comments made about women’s bodies and appearances. Allegations of a deeply sexist work environment at the company that Bloomberg founded and, for many years, ran.
Bloomberg, quoted by colleagues as saying, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.” Bloomberg being asked in a deposition, “Have you ever made a comment to the effect that you would like to ‘do that piece of meat,’ or I’d ‘do her in a second’?” Bloomberg replying, “I don’t recall ever using the term meat at all.”
In his 1997 autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, the mogul bragged about keeping “a girlfriend in every city” during his years working as a Wall Street stock trader in the 1960s and ’70s. He is reported to have said, of the computer terminal that made his fortune, “It will do everything, including give you [oral sex]. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.”
Democrats need to put Michael Bloomberg out on his ass, the sooner the better. As the New York Times put it:
Mr. Bloomberg is plainly an uncomfortable match for a progressive coalition passionately animated by concern for economic inequality and the civil rights of women and minorities.
Finally, we understand how Kellyanne Conway can work for Donald Trump: She’s a raging bitch with a sense of importance as distorted as her boss’s. How they fit both of their egos in the Oval Office at the same time, is a mystery to me.
Conway recently had a minion call Caitlin Yilek, a reporter at the Washington Examiner, during which Kellyanne got on the phone and went into a shrewish rant which you can read here. It included this little gem (my emphasis):
Let me tell you something, from a powerful woman. Don’t pull the crap where you’re trying to undercut another woman based on who she’s married to. He gets his power through me, if you haven’t noticed. Not the other way around.
WOW, somebody’s a bit full of herself. Most truly powerful people don’t have to point it out. The emphasized part in that quote is particularly hypocritical, considering Conway attempted to tie Bill Clinton’s scandal to Hillary in the 2016 campaign. From the Atlantic (emphasis mine):
This is the same Kellyanne Conway who played a key role in the Trump campaign’s strategy for addressing accusations of sexual misconduct against its candidate—and that was to raise as a defense the sexual misconduct of their opponent’s husband. Here, for example, is Conway speaking with Chris Matthews after Trump’s press conference with Bill Clinton accusers. Here she is again with Megyn Kelly—insisting that women who claimed to have been victimized by Bill Clinton “deserved to be heard” as part of the case against Hillary Clinton. On the attack, Conway embraces views akin to the antiquated legal doctrine of coverture, wherein a woman’s legal existence is entirely subsumed into her husband’s. On the defensive, she’s suddenly Gloria Steinem.
Conway’s disparaging of her husband isn’t exactly new however, she once told the Washington Post:
“Nobody knows who I am because of my husband, people know of my husband because of me.”
Alrighty then! Kellyanne’s husband has been in a Twitter feud with Donald Trump for some time now, as George Conway actually has principles. Kellyanne, having sold her soul, takes Trump’s side, claiming her husband’s tweets are:
… disrespectful, it’s a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows . . .
You know the vows: “… for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, even if you work for an ASS.
Conway originally supported Ted Cruz during which time she actually told the truth about her current boss. Courtesy of Media Matters (my emphasis):
“… he says he’s for the little guy, but he’s actually built a lot of his businesses on the backs of the little guy and he’s a lot of little guys through eminent domain, or through not paying contractors after you’ve built something. The little guys have suffered. [CNN, CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, 2/10/16]
“… it’s one thing to hurl personal insults at somebody’s wife, and that cost Mr. Trump dearly in Wisconsin and dearly among women voters all across this country. … it is quite another to accuse Ted Cruz himself and professionals who have been at this long as you have, Ed, practically, of committing a felony and breaking a law. We could just brush it off, but it shows you the danger of just saying things that aren’t true and getting people to believe it and getting 20,000 people at a rally today to just lap it up as if it’s true. [CNN, Erin Burnett Outfront, 4/6/16]
HA HA HA HA HA…
What Kellyanne Conway doesn’t get is that her husband George will be the one that comes out of this stain on our history with his honor intact. Kellyanne is a fraud and a sellout, who tossed the sliver of integrity she may have had into the raging dumpster fire that is the Trump Administration. She will become as big a laughing stock in U.S. history as her boss. Of course, she’ll be a “powerful” laughing stock, so there’s that.
Hey George, if I may make one suggestion: Make the bitch carry her own damn coat from now on.
Geraldo Rivera, Peabody-Award-winning-ABC-journalist-turned-Fox-News-Hack had this to say about the Trump Whistleblower:
“So it’s going to be the president of the United States in a conversation that was intercepted by a rotten snitch, I’d love to wap him, but that’s another story.”
(“Wap” is slang for to beat or strike, according to Mediaite.)
“Imagine this poor president, his whole tenure in office has been marked by snitches, and rats, and backstabbers, and it’s amazing how he functions at
“Snitches and rats”… that’s what the Right Wing’s phony patriots are calling real patriots these days. The-guy-currently-residing-in-the-white-house has allegedly attempted to blackmail a foreign country into aiding his re-election bid, by dangling previously promised American aid like a carrot, and the Rabid Right is A-OK with that. THINK ABOUT THAT.
(Not for nothin’, but I could probably squash Geraldo like a bug with minimal effort.)
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