It’s no secret that former New York City Mayor and current presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is trying to buy this election. At least it’s no secret to anyone paying even the closest bit of attention. And yet, Mini Mike, as President Trump likes to call him, is still apparently trying to keep things under wrap.
But Tuesday night’s latest Democratic primary debate might have just changed things a bit for him, at least on that front. After all, you can’t admit on live national television that you have literally “bought” the majority of Democratic House seats and no expect some type of repercussion.
Yes, you read that correctly. Bloomberg actually admitted that he bought the seats of over half of the current and new House Democrats who put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in charge.
The discussion on the debate stage was focused on economics and, of course, the ever-present question: “What makes you the best for the job?”
Bloomberg’s response was to cater to what Never Trumpers wanted to hear, that he had put Congress in the position that it is today where it can “control this president,” and let me just say they are doing an excellent job, not. But in doing so, he made a rather big slip up.
He said, “They talk about 40 Democrats, 21 of those were people that I spent $100 million to help elect. All of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge, and gave Congress the ability to control this President, I bought, uh, I got them.”
You might not notice just by reading this, but he actually caught himself. Instead of saying he bought them, which he did, Bloomberg barely finishes the word “bought” before changing direction a bit and saying, “uh, I got them.”
To get the full effect you have to watch it.
In addition, he tries to cover his mistake a bit more by changing the subject entirely and turning the topic to the federal budget/national debt and why his opponents aren’t going to fix it.
He said, “Number two. Let’s put things in perspective. The federal budget is $4.5 trillion a year; we get $3.5 trillion in revenue. So we lose a trillion a year. Right now, the debt is $20 trillion and going up to 21. We just cannot afford some of the stuff people talk about.”
And he is right. If we let Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren, or even Pete Buttigieg win the nomination and then the White House, our national debt will skyrocket. Sanders, for instance, would implement legislation that gives every living American free universal healthcare, free college education, government-assisted housing, and a minimum wage of $15 an hour. But how do you propose all of this “free” stuff is going to be paid for?
Bernie’s answer is to raise taxes, mainly for the rich, but also for the middle class as well. But this won’t even cover half of what he is proposing, let alone all of it. So this means the government will fall responsible for the rest.
And Warren’s plans aren’t any better.
But that certainly doesn’t mean that America wants a president who bought his way to the White House or any sort of legislative seat within our government. What would that prove if we let the office of the President of the United States just go to whoever the highest bidder happened to be? No longer would we be able to call it a republic nor a democracy. By allowing such, we would be opening ourselves up to be ruled by the very kind of powers our Constitution was created to avoid.
But as Bernie Sanders says, “Well, I’ve got news for Mr. Bloomberg – the American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections.” And now that Bloomberg has admitted to it, his poll numbers are proving just that.
In a relatively short amount of time, Bloomberg, with his $417 million spent on online and TV ads, was well on his way to being second in line and the only one within range of Bernie Sanders. But now, after a miserable Nevada performance and news of his buying House seats spreading, those numbers are dropping fast. One poll even lists him as the candidate most Democrats would be disappointed to see win.
It looks like he is figuring out real quick that Americans agree with Trump, “Major Party Nominations are not for sale!”