Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has told those close to him that he is gearing up for a presidential run in 2020, with aides expressing confidence that he has the wealth to pull it off.
“Mike Bloomberg told me he is going to run in 2020,” one source told The Times. “He has the money to see it through while other candidates knock themselves out.”
Bloomberg, a man with an estimated net worth of $52.6 billion, has threatened many times over the years to throw his hat in the ring for the highest office in the land. He opted not to in 2016 for fear that he might siphon off votes from Democrats as an Independent candidate.
The rumors this time around have been swirling for months and indicate he would run as a Democrat. Aides in June said he is motivated by regrets for having not run in 2016 and possibly preventing Donald Trump from winning.
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Currently, at 76-years-old Bloomberg would be the oldest Democrat candidate to run for President.
He’d have to overcome the fact that some early pundits have opined that President Trump will win reelection in 2020. In fact, one of those people was … Michael Bloomberg, who last summer predicted there’s a “55 percent chance” Trump will earn a second term.
That same month Bloomberg shockingly told protesters of Trump to sit down and shut up, that it was time to support the President.
He urged Americans to “get behind” Trump because “he’s our president” and “the public has spoken.”
Looks like he’s not behind him any longer.
Let’s just hope that if he does run, he makes the announcement while descending from the rafters in a Spider-Man costume.
Nah, that’s way too far-fetched …
There’s little doubt most of the Democrat field would trounce Bloomberg, but should he pass through and face Trump you’d have an easy opportunity to contrast one man who loves personal freedoms – Trump – and one man who loves banning everything he thinks is bad for you.
He didn’t earn the nickname Nanny Bloomberg for nothing.
Additionally, he has been a tireless opponent of the Second Amendment, once declaring that battling the NRA was his ticket to heaven.
Pointing to his work on gun safety in an interview with the New York Times he said, “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
In 2014, the mayor of Poughkeepsie left Bloomberg’s anti-gun group MAIG (Mayors Against Illegal Guns) saying they “intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.”