Trump Predicts Bloomberg ‘Will Fail’ In 2020 Race

WCBS 880 Newsroom
November 08, 2019 - 5:42 pm
Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg

Getty Images / Jamie Squire; Craig Barritt

Categories: 

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed the possibility of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg entering the 2020 presidential race, saying “There is nobody” he’d “rather run against.”

Trump was responding to new that 77-year-old Bloomberg was considering filing paperwork to designate himself as a candidate in Alabama, opening the door to a 2020 White House bid.

Late Friday, it was confirmed that Bloomberg had in fact filed the necessary documents, though he did not publicly confirm if he would be running for president.

Still, Trump is mainting that Bloomberg is “not going to do well” and predicted his fellow longtime New Yorker would fail after spending “a lot of money.”

Trump seemed to be grateful for Bloomberg’s potential run, suggesting it would be damaging for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign.

The former mayor of New York City won City Hall in 2001 with the backing of the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. At the time he was a registered Republican, but switched to an independent and just registered as a Democrat this year.

Bloomber dispatched staffers into Alabama to collect signatures ahead of Friday’s filing deadline. He’s reportedly considering entering the race after becoming concerned about the current Democratic candidates’ ability to defeat President Trump.

According to Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, if Bloomberg does enter the race, his supportive liberal causes could help him – especially his stance on climate change.

“In terms of gun control and climate issues – pertaining to the climate – but on other issues, he really does necessarily match up with the progressive elements within the party,” Miringoff notes.

However, Bloomberg’s billionaire status could work against him.

Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have run against the impact that money has in politics and on Thursday night, Warren took to Twitter to show just how much Bloomberg would be taxed under her plan.  

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

Following that news, he picked up one of his first celebrity endorsements from Judith Sheindlin, known as TV’s “Judge Judy.”

If Bloomberg decides to enter the already crowded Democratic field, it seems he will already have the support of party leaders in crucial battleground states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

On Friday, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley and Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released a statement praising the candidates that have already entered the race, but added there “are certain” voters in their states and other early states that “are eager to ask Michael Bloomberg about his plans to move our states and our country forward.”

The two note they hope voters “will have that opportunity.”

Stay informed, stay connected — follow WCBS 880 on Facebook and TwitterDownload the RADIO.COM app + favorite WCBS 880 for breaking news, traffic and weather alerts.