Bloomberg Rips Trump and Trump Backs Down

Mish

Trump has finally run into someone who knows how to fight against his mocking Tweets. That person is Michael Bloomberg.

Image from The Bloomberg Campaign Is a Waterfall of Cash

Tweet Exchange Over Racism

In a Tweet exchange this week Trump called Bloomberg a racist. ​

I would point to the Tweet, but Trump backed down. He deleted it.

I can point to a nice copy.

Bloomberg responded with a Statement.

“President Trump’s deleted tweet is the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans. I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused. By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95%, but I should’ve done it faster and sooner. I regret that and I have apologized — and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on Black and Latino communities. ...

The President’s attack on me clearly reflects his fear over the growing strength of my campaign. Make no mistake Mr. President: I am not afraid of you and I will not let you bully me or anyone else in America. Between now and November, I will do everything I can to defeat you whether I am on the ballot or not.”

Stop and Frisk Works

What does that make Trump? Racist? Hypocrite? Both?

In case Trump deletes that, I made a copy.

Business Insider reports Trump slammed Bloomberg as 'racist' over stop-and-frisk, but the president has repeatedly championed the practice.

Who is the racist and who apologized?

Paging Michael Bloomberg

Solar Energy

I disagree with Bloomberg on climate change. And I doubt the feasibility of what he proposes. But I would rather spend money on the Arizona desert than dropping bombs and making enemies.

Afghanistan and Mideast

I really thought Trump would pull troops out of Afghanistan and the Mideast. Unfortunately, we are still there.

As a last minute campaign effort I suspect Trump will finally pull off that trick. But it will be nothing but a campaign ploy at this late stage.

Even Republicans Sick of Trump's Warmongering

Please note Eight Republicans join Democrats to pass Senate measure to limit President Trump's war powers against Iran

Right to Choose

I disagree with Bloomberg on many things, but that isn't one of them.

100 Mayors Like Mike

Bully in the WhiteHouse

Moderates and independents are sick of Trump belittling everyone in Tweet storms.

And it is no way to run the country.

What got Trump elected will not keep him there.

That message will resonate.

This is not an endorsement of Bloomberg, just my opinion, but I have had enough of Trump.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (91)
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Tengen
Tengen

It's somewhat enjoyable watching these two NY billionaire egomaniacs bash each other because they both deserve it.

However, in terms of an election, neither of them has any intention of fixing what ails us. It'll be more easy money, more status quo either way, media hyperventilation notwithstanding.

rum_runner
rum_runner

Corona virus will decide where the election and the fate of the nation goes. China has ground to a halt based on air pollution readings. If this spreads globally, pandemic style, a recession will follow and the debt bombs that permeate our modern economy will go off like strings of firecrackers.

Deflation or inflation.. that's still the question.

Realist
Realist

For a change of pace, instead of being a voice of reason, I will join the group of conspiracy theorists, sensationalists, and chicken littles who like to talk about the coming catastrophes.

Let us assume that the Coronavirus turns into a Pandemic that spreads around the globe, as many here keep predicting.

This could indeed bring on a recession.

Some would assume that a recession would be bad for Trump’s re-election chances.

I think that a Pandemic and recession would be a crisis that Trump would use to his advantage.

First, to counter the economic repercussions, he would announce a variety of measures, such as:

Tax cuts, increased government spending, a rescinding of all tariffs (which will be justified because they had ”successfully” accomplished their goal of reducing the trade deficit), lower interest rates, consumer spending incentives, etc

Second, in the guise of ”defending” against the virus, Trump will allocate billions to complete his border wall to keep out the plague infected walking dead from all over the world.

He will also build numerous ”virus containment” facilities where those who are deemed likely to contract the virus will be ”concentrated” together in luxurious living quarters. These facilities will have high temperature ovens to safely burn those who succumb to the disease.

He will also form a citizens ”militia” to patrol the streets and check for proper ID. Any card carrying member of the Republican Party and the NRA will be automatically enrolled into the Trump Militia and issued a Space Force Uniform and fully operational AR15. They will roam the country “keeping the peace”.

Of course, this is also the perfect opportunity to gather up any illegal aliens, and others deemed “questionable”. They will be given the “choice” of emigrating to any country that will accept them, or a virus containment facility.

Third; Trump will use this crisis to expand the powers of the President.

He will declare a War Measures Act and “temporarily” suspend some or all of the following:

The upcoming election.

The House.

The Senate.

The Judiciary.

The Constitution.

He will use his new powers to round up all opposition, including all Democrats.

Fourth: he will take down the Statue of Liberty and replace it with a monument to himself, with his arm held high, giving a tiny finger to the rest of the world.

What do you think? Am I close?

Your friendly neighborhood Realist.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Twitter is becoming a problem. Elected officials should have to pay $100K per character to use it. We'd retire the national debt and those congenitally prone to it's over-use would have a reason to quit.

AshH
AshH

Any thoughts on the rumor that Bloomberg is considering Hillary as his running mate? Sounds like a huge mistake to me - I think it would really fire up the right for Trump.

Sechel
Sechel

i'll go one further. Better to spend money on solar which produces energy than a border wall which produces NOTHING

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

Trump may be tiring, understandably, but suspect that any Dem administration at this point in time will be far, far worse. The Republic as such is probably already beyond repair or recovery, but a determined conservative renaissance not entirely beholden to Big Business has a chance, whereas the more totalitarian tendencies of the liberal styles spells inevitable doom. Bloomberg has what it takes to face down Trump psychologically, and I agree that calling him out as a bully will be effective (for those already perceiving him that way of course - in fact he's the weakest President procedurally speaking since JKF who paid for that weakness with his life, no doubt thanks to the same sort of forces which have successfully hobbled Trump thus far given he's been playing pretty much nothing but defense since Election Day 2016.

But I disagree with you about the woman's right to choose issue. Put another way: if it is only up to the woman, then any notion of male child support should be eliminated immediately. You can't have it both ways.

Secondly: ultimately it does come down to choice in any sort of 'free' society, but that doesn't mean that you have to have taxpayer-funded abortion on demand presented as some sort of 'right.' It's never a 'right' and always a choice. For many it's the right - if painful - one. But for many it's the seemingly easier but also wrong one. A young life is still a life, and taking life without consent is called murder. So there are the rights of the child in the mix, and I don't think leaving it all up to the mother is necessarily the best thing.

But there will be many differing opinions on something like this so it seems there should be many differing solutions & options versus a one-size-fits-all paradigm enforced by an over-arching Law. In the US, that means devolving such issues down to the States level, but really it could devolve much further to a family-by-family level. In any case, I think most of the government-funded initiatives are inappropriate and should be scrapped. That is more the nub of the debate rather than who gets to decide. But again: if men don't get to decide, then they cannot be held responsible, either financially or otherwise.

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

Trump's spontaneous grass-roots meme department responds to Bloomberg's taunts:

Scott Adams chimes in:

It's gonna be fun once everyone begins to realise that Bloomberg is the only game in town for the D's. The good news for R's: now there are two Republicans in the race. An ex RINO and a new America Firster. May the best Billionaire Win! (Though personally I think B doesn't have a chance in the Heartland, but since the vote counts can be rigged.....)

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

Christopher Hitchens surprisingly similar - though eruditely expressed- foreshadowing of the 'MiniMike' meme, actually making it far more substantive. Trump might be onto something much more than height...

“In fact, the law these days is very clear. It states that New York City is now the domain of the mediocre bureaucrat, of the inspector with too much time on his hands, of the anal-retentive cop with his nose in a rule book, of the snitch willing to drop a dime on a harmless fellow citizen, and of a mayor who is that most pathetic and annoying figure — the micro-megalomaniac,” Hitchens wrote.

It remains to be seen if Bloomberg can galvanize support and turnout for his side. Trump's side is going to be having too much fun with the MiniMike memes to take anything he says seriously AT ALL. They guy is a 'stiff' through and through as anyone without TDS (Type A) can see clearly.

Actually, I suspect the 'fun factor' is what this election will turn on. Trump's people are generally having fun even though they feel very strongly about certain core issues; whereas the other side is continually dwelling in morbid anxiety and in search of some sort of pain-free utopia (which is why Comrade Bernie is so appealing). The yearning is understandable and has a certain energy to it, but the foundation is a morbid fascination with negativity. Not good for turnout.

In any case, Clinton was right: elections are won by those who best define 'we'. So on the one hand we have 'we the victims of a corrupt, patriarchal, racist, sexist evil empire' and on the other we have 'we the proud people of this country we love.' May the best side win!

Sechel
Sechel

Bloomberg trapped Trump into being against stop and frisk. There's no real intelligence behind Trump's tweets, just bullying and mockery.

Sechel
Sechel

The Trump bullying video i very effective. Bloomberg clearly has purchased some talent.

Borat123
Borat123

I think this is kind of a non story. Mish, we all know you bet money on Bloomberg. We get it.

Blurtman
Blurtman

BREAKING: Bloomberg demands a safe place from Trump's bullying!

Quatloo
Quatloo

Michael Bloomberg is more like Trump than any other candidate in the race. They are both old white male authoritarian, power hungry, egotistical, amoral, billionaire New York businessmen. Mike was a Republican mayor who changed to a Democrat when he thought it would make him more likely to get elected. Donald was a lifelong Democrat who switched to a Republican when he thought it would help him get elected.

On the ‘stop and frisk’ issue, Mike is either a liar when he says it was a mistake to have done it as mayor (lying is another Trump specialty), or he thinks it is fine to have police routinely search minorities (which Trump would probably also find palatable). WHICH ONE IS IT?

TimeToTest
TimeToTest

Like any basketball game only the last 2 minutes really matter. I wish I could turn the off and back on Nov. 1st.

klausmkl
klausmkl

It's like Bill Clinton said, it's the economy stupid.... Bloomberg can spend 10 billion, it will not matter, no one cares

lol
lol

After 8 years of Obama,is it even possible to elect a democrat again,or is Trump just the republicon version of Obama?Both are ineffective opportunists whose sole skill set is the ability to pretend and sell the propaganda. In 12 years nothing is fixed, US is officially a banana republic,govt has gotten more monstrous and ineffective,depts/deficits soar,major cities turned into giant homeless wastelands!!

Sechel
Sechel

didn't take long for this thread to go sophomoric

RonJ
RonJ

Bloomberg: "Donald Trump is the world’s biggest schoolyard bully – with no respect for civility or decency, or facts or
honesty."

Bloomberg: "The Royal Family - what a bunch of misfits - a gay, an architect, that horsey faced lesbian, and a man who gave up Koo Stark for some fat broad."

Bloomberg's elected Virginia gun control politicians are bullying the people of Virginia.

Sechel
Sechel

so from the responses its clear a number of pro trump readers are not impressed with bloomberg's social media strategy. This misses the point. They were never the target. The strategy is resonating with independents and moderates. The polling and the reactions on social media are proof of that. Informally at both work and in social settings i'm hearing that as well. If you count yourself as part of Trump' base face it you were never going to vote for Bloomberg or anyone on the Democratic ticket.

Sechel
Sechel

Always struck me as odd that Adams would turn out to be such a huge Trump supporter. Go figure

Guinny_Ire
Guinny_Ire

Good read on Bloomberg here:

Zardoz
Zardoz

If you can get on his radar, trump is the easiest person on the planet to troll. So many soft spots on that fat, greasy hide...

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

Greggg
Greggg

That first pic with the picture of JFK and Mini-Mike... Trump will ask, "Is that to scale"?

Wmjack50
Wmjack50

Mish your Lib Bias is coming back--refresh your mind --listen to Rush this week

CzarChasm-Reigns
CzarChasm-Reigns

"I have had enough of Trump." ---Mish
Just curious: what was "the last straw" for you?

lasttwo
lasttwo

If bloomberg wanted to stop trump so bad why didnt he run as a republican

Arkangel22
Arkangel22

I can't believe anyone is taking Bloomberg seriously. The only reason he is up so far in the polls is because of money. Likewise the only reason he has endorsements is for that very same reason:money.

At this point its hard to imagine someone honestly endorsing Bloomberg because of the $$$$$$$$$ .

He is the perfect opponent for Bernie because he represents the Plutocracy to a tee. Bernie can justly argue that Bloomberg's standings are only because of the money case in point look at the massive contributions he made to get his people onto the DNC rules committee.

This is just the beginning of his problems his whole PAC idea is stupid. Anyone who understands even the most basic behavioral economic principles would know that if people don't pay money they won't feel vested in what you are doing.

Why would any Oligarch support Bloomberg? He doesn't need them and he isn't shy about saying so. Therefore he is of no value to them.

Bloomberg's campaign and attitude are flawed on so many levels he will ultimately prove to be his own worst enemy. But whatever the political classes still get paid.

johnmiller2577
johnmiller2577

Mish, if Bloomberg wins the presidency, which he won't, you will absolutely regret ever rooting for him to win. Trump is 1,000 times more preferable to any of the dems running even if you disagree with him on a few issues. Just the Supreme Court picks alone make Trump worth our vote. Also, you call Trump a war-monger, but I don't see us in any new wars. So far all I see is 3 years of peace and prosperity.

LCP
LCP

Neither Bloomberg nor Trump make me happy or proud to be an American. Bloomberg is smart and savvy, I get that, but he is a creep, creepier than the President. I prefer the awkwardness of Trump over the sinister veneer of Bloomberg.

GoodTimes32
GoodTimes32

Trump is still thriving on the approach of "all press (good or bad) is good press." The support I'm seeing for Trump in the Carolinas seems to be surging prior to the election. Bloomberg's fortune is really the only thing he has going for him, as the DNC party is still in shambles. He might of had a better odds of winning if he stayed Independent. https://www.masonrygreensboro.com/

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“I really thought Trump would pull troops out of Afghanistan and the Mideast. ”

The US is on a 14 month scheduled pullout of all troops from Afghanistan, pursuant to already agreed upon ceasefire with the Taliban.

There will no troops in country if the agreed to conditions are met. You wanted it faster? Had it been done all this year in 2020, you would have accuse Trump of using it for political positioning in November’s election.


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