Judge Judy: Michael Bloomberg’s Presidency Would Heal The Nation

Erica Brosnan
October 16, 2019 - 3:07 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Judith Sheindlin, known as TV’s “Judge Judy,” believes a Michael Bloomberg presidency is the way to bring the nation back together again and has thrown her support behind his potential run for the White House.

She made her comments in an op-Ed published Wednesday by USA Today, recalling a speaking engagement in the U.K., during which she was asked her opinion about the 2020 presidential election.

"I said our American family has been fractured in recent years. The only way we can begin to come together again, I said, is if Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, becomes our next president,” she wrote.

Sheindlin, who has stayed out of politics for decades, said she understood she was taking both a personal and professional risk in endorsing the former New York City mayor.

"I have carefully stayed away from politics for 50 years, except to vote," the TV judge wrote. "But times have changed in our country, and I believe the moment has come for me to step out from behind the curtain.”

She called Bloomberg a “pragmatist” and noted that as “an independent, tough-minded businessman, he represents our best chance to bring America together again and begin the long national process of healing.”

Sheindlin adds that she is backing Bloomberg because of his track record as New York City’s mayor, his stance on immediate action to prevent climate change and his thoughts on gun control.

She reminded people that they were welcome to disagree with her, but urged Americans to respect “civil” debate and said “we should respect each other’s voices.”

“The 2020 presidential election will be one of the most important in our history. I know I would sleep better — and so would millions of other Americans — if the next president is someone who listens patiently and respectfully to all sides of an issue before taking action,” Sheindlin wrote.

While the former supervising judge of Manhattan Family Court has given her full support to Bloomberg, the issue remains that Bloomberg has not officially entered into the race for the White House.

In fact, Bloomberg said earlier this year that he would be staying out of the 2020 presidential election all together. But, that tone changed earlier this week when sources close to the former mayor told media outlets that the 77-year-old is rethinking that decision.

According to CNBC, Bloomberg has "indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden's recent struggles against Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary.”

It remains unclear if Judge Judy’s endorsement will be the push needed to get Bloomberg into the race.