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Mike Bloomberg tells teachers to ‘suck it up’ and get back to work; says President Biden needs to ‘stand up to the unions’

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week that it’s time for President Joe Biden to get serious when it comes to reopening schools.

In a wide-ranging interview Wednesday with MSBNC on how the nation can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bloomberg pulled no punches when it came to getting schools reopened across the country and offered some free advice to the president: It’s time to stand up to the teachers unions and tell educators “suck it up” and get back to work.

What happened?

Americans have witnessed an ongoing debate at city, state, and federal levels about the need to reopen schools. For example:

  • Cities like San Francisco, New York, and Chicago have seen teachers unions standing in the way of reopening.
  • Iowa had to pass a law to require all state schools to offer full-time, in-person learning by Feb. 15.
  • President Biden vowed to do what he could to get schools to reopen in the first 100 days of his administration, but less than a week after being sworn in, he began echoing national teachers unions’ rhetoric about dealing getting back into the classrooms.

Bloomberg, who has been advocating for reopening schools for some time, wasn’t standing for it and called the current situation a “disgrace.”

“I think that what we’re doing to poor kids is a disgrace,” the former mayor said. “These poor kids are not in school. They will never recover from this — and they had a bad education experience anyways. We have not had good schools for poor kids. And this, now, is just so much worse.”

Biden “has to stand up to the unions,” Bloomberg said.

What about the teachers’ concerns about safety during the pandemic?

Bloomberg had a message for them, too: Hey, get back to work, risks are “part of the job.”

“Teachers say, ‘Well, I don’t want to go back because it’s dangerous,'” he began. “We have a lot of city and state and federal employees who run risks — that’s part of the job. You run risks to help America, to help your state, to help your city, to help your family, and there’s just no reason not to have the schools open.”

But, but, but what about distance learning? Isn’t that working?

Nope, Bloomberg said.

“Virtual classes are a joke — worse than a joke,” he continued. “Poor people don’t have iPads. They don’t have WiFi. They don’t have somebody at home to sit during the day and force the child to pay attention, and without that, the virtual learning just does not exist.”

Biden needs to push unions to the side

In order to counteract the “disaster” that school kids are facing, he said, Biden needs to push unions to the side and focus on the kids. And teachers, for their part, just need to “suck it up.”

Noting the problems Chicago and New York City have had with the teachers unions, Bloomberg said, “It’s time for Joe Biden to stand up and say the kids are the most important things, important players here, and the teachers just are going to have to suck it up and stand up and provide an education. Otherwise, these kids have no chance, whatsoever.”

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13,000 Florida felons could be eligible to vote after LeBron James and Michael Bloomberg pay their fines: Analysis

Nearly 13,000 felons in Florida could be eligible to vote in the 2020 election after a fund backed by celebrities and other donors raised tens of millions to pay their fines.

In 2018, Florida voters passed a ballot initiative on Florida Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative. Florida Amendment 4 restored the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions. However, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a law requiring convicted felons to fulfill all the terms of their sentence before they can vote. This includes completing “prison or jail time; parole, probation, or other forms of supervision; and payment of the total amount of all fines, fees, costs, and restitution ordered as part of the felony sentence,” according to the Florida Department of State.

The nonprofit Florida Rights Restoration Coalition raised funds to pay the fines of the Florida felons so that they could vote.

In July, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James reportedly donated $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration. Billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg raised more than $16 million for the fund in September. Other celebrities who donated to the Florida Right Restoration Coalition include Michael Jordan, John Legend, and Steven Spielberg. MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Ben & Jerry’s, Levi Strauss & Co, the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Magic, and the Miami Heat also made donations.

The donations reportedly will enable thousands of felons to vote in the presidential election, according to analysis by the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, and ProPublica.

Across the state, where the coalition used contributions from celebrities and other donors to pay about $27 million in fines and fees for about 40,000 felons, that pattern could translate to about 12,800 eligible voters if the proportion is consistent and they don’t owe other court debts.

The report noted that “the modest increase in eligible felons falls far short of expectations,” but added that the felon voters “could be large enough to make a difference in a key state where polls indicate that the presidential contest is once again a toss-up.”

According to RealClearPolitics, the latest average of presidential election polls for Florida shows Joe Biden with a slim 0.9-point advantage over President Donald Trump.

The report added that the “newly eligible voters in the four counties likely skew toward the Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.” The analysis noted that “about 68% are registered Democrats.”

The report stated that in Florida’s largest four counties, there were “at least 80% of felons whose fines and fees were paid are nonwhite — including 74% who are Black.”

The report estimated that there are between 50,000 and 70,000 felons who have registered to vote since Amendment 4 went into effect in early 2019.

Bloomberg allegedly wrote a memo about the plan to pay the fines of felons so that they could vote, as reported by the Washington Post on Sept. 22.

“We know to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate and add new votes to the Biden column,” according to a memo from Bloomberg. “This means we need to explore all avenues for finding the needed votes when so many votes are already determined.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) quickly responded by directing Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) to look into the memo. Moody wrote a letter to the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“After preliminarily reviewing this limited public information and law, it appears further investigation is warranted,” Moody wrote. “Accordingly, I request your agencies further investigate this matter and take appropriate steps as merited.”

During a Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” interview on Sept. 24, Moody said, “When you look at the memo and what was alleged, when you hear words like we need to get this done, investing money to targeted particular group of voters that may be predisposed to vote a certain way, that raises concerns that you are directly influencing or even indirectly giving money to persuade votes to go a certain way.”

“That doesn’t matter what party it is that triggers Florida law. Under Florida law, you cannot directly or indirectly give anything of value to persuade or entice a vote,” she added.

As of last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the Tampa Bay Times that the case was a “preliminary inquiry” and has not been elevated to a full investigation.

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Elizabeth Warren reportedly reassessing campaign’s future after rough Super Tuesday

After a weak performance in Super Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections, presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is reportedly taking a day to rethink her campaign and whether or not to press forward with it.

The Hill reported Wednesday morning that the senator flew home to Boston after a campaign rally on Tuesday night with no public events slated for the following day. The outlet cited a “senior campaign official” that said the candidate was taking time to evaluate her campaign’s remaining prospects.

“Elizabeth is talking to her team to assess the path forward,” the source told the outlet.

The Associated Press also cited a campaign aide who said that the senator was assessing the path forward with her staff.

Out of the 14 state primary contests held Tuesday, Warren failed to win any of the called races. She also didn’t win in any of the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. More embarrassingly, she came in third in her home state of Massachusetts, behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Furthermore, as of Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts senator’s total pledged delegate count sat at 50, well behind Biden’s 453 and Sanders’ 382.

But, as her unpromising results were still rolling in on Tuesday night, Warren’s campaign sent out a message to supporters looking ahead to future primaries and asking for donations in order “to keep up the momentum.

The report of Warren’s electoral re-evaluation came shortly after former rival candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he would be suspending his campaign to support Biden’s bid.

“I’m a believer in using data to inform decisions,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “After yesterday’s results, the delegate math has become virtually impossible – and a viable path to the nomination no longer exists.”

The New York billionaire also added that “the candidate with the best shot to” unseat President Donald Trump in November “is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden.”

Warren previously said last week that she planned to stay in the primary race up until the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer if there’s no outright delegate winner among the remaining candidates with the intent to lobby the party’s superdelegates.

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What is the future of Bloomberg’s campaign after his Super Tuesday flop?

2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor clearly didn’t have the Super Tuesday result he paid for and now the future of his campaign is reportedly in question.

According to the Associated Press, the candidate plans to reassess his campaign on Wednesday following a weak showing in Tuesday night’s critical series of primary contests:

A person close to the Bloomberg campaign confirmed the deliberations. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity.

Similarly, NBC News’ Josh Lederman reported Tuesday night as the returns came in that Bloomberg campaign officials were “acknowledging that they’re going to have to take another look once the data comes in” to “see whether there’s a reason to continue with this after tomorrow.”

Earlier in the evening, Campaign Manager Kevin Sheekey batted down the idea that the candidate would bow out on Tuesday, telling reporters “absolutely not,” according to NPR. Sheekey did add, howeve“r, that “I think you make an assessment in any campaign like this after every time that there’s a vote. We have not had a vote yet, so we have not had to assess.”

Super Tuesday — on which 14 states held primary contests with over 1,300 convention delegates on the line — was a big part of Bloomberg’s primary campaign strategy. He didn’t appear on the ballot in the first four primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead choosing to focus the efforts and spending of self-funded campaign states holding primaries this week.

For reference, Bloomberg’s campaign spent over $500 billion in advertising alone ahead of Tuesday’s contests and his solitary win of the night was in American Samoa at the time of this story’s publication. Additionally, he spent over $18 million in the states of Virginia and North Carolina only to get one delegate from each after former Vice President Joe Biden won in both states.

Bloomberg has previously said that he plans to stay in the primary “right to the bitter end, as long as I have a chance,” and that he believed that his only path to the nomination would be a contested Democratic convention in July.

However, despite his Tuesday-night underperformance, an optimistic-sounding Bloomberg told supporters in Florida that “If I am the nominee, let me make you this promise: We will beat Donald Trump here in Florida and swing states around the country.” He also said that “regardless of how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something that no one else thought was possible; in just three months we’ve gone from 1% of the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination for president.”

Bloomberg also tweeted late Tuesday night that “we’re more determined than ever to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America.”

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Mike Bloomberg advisers reportedly wanted him to drop out and endorse Joe Biden before Super Tuesday

Campaign advisers to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg reportedly tried to convince him to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary before Super Tuesday and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, according to Vanity Fair.

Bloomberg, the multibillionaire who skipped the first four primary states in order to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into Super Tuesday states, finds himself in a position where he is a long shot to actually win the nomination, and he is most likely just taking votes away from Biden as Biden seeks to catch Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). From Vanity Fair:

Campaign officials are privately frustrated that Bloomberg rejected their advice to drop out and pour their resources into helping Biden, sources said. “The dynamic of the race clearly changed,” a Bloomberg adviser told me. Bloomberg disagreed that Biden’s resurgence in South Carolina fundamentally nullified Bloomberg’s candidacy. “Mike is a data guy, and he’s looking at the numbers thinking, I’ll be damned if I walk away before a single vote is cast for me,” one source said, explaining Bloomberg’s thinking.

Bloomberg has spent about a half a billion dollars on his self-funded campaign so far, and dropping out before Super Tuesday would’ve meant he spent all that money only to exit the race before ever getting on the ballot — essentially a total waste. He participated in the previous two debates, and his performances were generally received poorly.

At the same time, Biden — who at one point looked to be heading for a complete collapse — dominated the South Carolina primary and earned the endorsement of two of the other primary candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Suddenly, Biden appears that he may again have the support to challenge Sanders.

Bloomberg believed he could fill the centrist lane that would’ve been vacant if Biden faltered. Now, Bloomberg stands to win crucial delegates that Biden needs, while still having little-to-no chance of getting more than Sanders.

Bloomberg is likely hoping that no candidate will get enough delegates to seal the nomination before the convention, and that he could make enough deals and win enough superdelegates on the second ballot to somehow take the nomination, since the establishment of the Democratic Party is generally hostile to Sanders’ candidacy.

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Voter asks Mike Bloomberg how he can ‘justify’ his gun control agenda while having armed security for himself

Democratic presidential candidate and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg was asked by a voter on Monday how he can “justify” his agenda aimed at restricting his fellow Americans’ right to defend themselves while he himself enjoys the security of having armed guards protect him.

What are the details?

During a Fox News town hall, Virginia voter Clarke Chitty rose from the audience to ask Bloomberg, “How do you justify pushing for more gun control when you have an armed security detail that is likely equipped with the same firearms and magazines that you seek to ban the common citizen from owning? Does your life matter more than mine or my family’s or these people’s?”

The crowd erupted in cheers before Bloomberg replied, “Look, I probably get 40 or 50 threats every week, okay, and some of them are real. That just happens when you’re the mayor of New York City or you’re very wealthy and if you’re campaigning for president of the United States. You get lots of threats. So, I have a security detail, I pay for it all myself, and…they’re all retired police officers who are very well trained in firearms.”

Bloomberg continued with an apparent attempt to put Chitty’s mind at ease, saying, “The Second Amendment gives you the right to bear arms. Nobody suggests that we’re going to change the Constitution — even if you wanted to I don’t think you’d get it done — so nobody’s going to take away your right to bear arms.”

The former mayor argued, “The Supreme Court said you can have reasonable restrictions, and the only restrictions which I am in favor of is to prevent us from selling guns to people with psychiatric problems, criminals, or people that are minors, OK.” He went on to claim background checks “do not apply to guns sold over the internet or in gun shows.”

Radio host and former NRA spokeswoman Dana Leosch reacted on Twitter to Bloomberg’s comment, saying, “NO, you can’t just buy a gun and have it Amazon delivered to your house.” She added, “Private sales are STILL subjected to federal restrictions. Bloomberg should be embarrassed, it’s the height of cringe for a presidential candidate to be this uneducated on the law he demands to change.”

Cam Edwards, editor of Bearing Arms, wrote on Twitter that “Bloomberg saying the only thing he wants is universal background checks is a huge lie. He’s promoting a national gun licensing system and bans on commonly owned firearms on his campaign website.”

Bloomberg’s plan, as outlined on his website, calls for (in part):

  • Requiring “every gun buyer to get a permit before making a purchase”
  • The passage of “a federal red flag law that expands extreme risk orders to 50 states — and funds state efforts to maximize the policy”
  • Reinstating “the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” noting “current assault weapons owners will be allowed to keep their guns, but will have to report them to federal officials”

The plan also states that Bloomberg “will require secure storage of firearms when they are not in use.”

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[Leaked Audio] Bloomberg Says He’ll “Drone” His Critics & Protect The Banks

Democrat Michael Bloomberg has been caught saying he will drone those who disagree with him and protect the big banks. The hypocritical guy who backs and funds his own anti-gun campaign now wants the power to drone his critics.

Billionaire Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg vowed to “defend the banks” and jokingly suggested that he may hunt down his political rivals with Predator drones if elected, a leaked 2016 audio clip has revealed. While some may take it as a joke, giving power to a person who thinks killing people who disagree with him is a laughing matter is simply disturbing.

The Bloomberg campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the recording, which captured a speech he gave at a closed-door Goldman Sachs event at Yankee Stadium in June 2016. The clip was posted online by a self-styled disgruntled former Goldman executive several days ago and has since made the rounds.

Bloomberg’s opening remarks can only help to fuel concerns within the progressive wing of his own Democratic party that the billionaire is indeed in bed with big banks. When asked why he did not run in 2016, Bloomberg responded: “Well, to start, my first campaign platform would be to defend the banks, and you know how well that’s gonna sell in this country.”

While his campaign brushed off the remark as a joke, custom-tailored to the audience of corporate executives, Bloomberg seemed to be quite serious about his support for the banking industry at the time, arguing further that a strong banking system would boost job growth. But seriously… somebody’s gotta stand up and do what we need. A healthy banking system that’s going to take risks because that’s what creates the jobs for everybody. And nobody’s willing to say that. The trouble is, these campaigns in this day and age, really are about slogans and not about issues anymore,” he went on, lamenting that voters cast ballots based on the candidate they “hate the least.

And that’s not the only concern, especially if you are critical of Bloomberg’s proposed policies.  According to RT, in another excerpt from the nearly hour-long speech, which was uploaded last week by the user ‘cancelgoldman’ to SoundCloud, an audio-sharing platform, Bloomberg suggested that one of the benefits of being president is that as commander-in-chief can do away with inconvenient critics by taking them out with killer drones.

“It would have been a great job. No, I mean, you think about it, you have Predators, and the Predators have missiles, and I have a list of everybody that’s annoyed me or screwed me for the last 74 years, and bang-bang-bang-bang.” -Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg has spent over $500 million out of his own pocket to promote his presidential bid, but so far his campaign is struggling to gain momentum. Hopefully, the release of this audio clip will see him out of the race and out the money he spent promoting his idiotic and sociopathic policies.

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Pro-abortion Elizabeth Warren attacks Mike Bloomberg for alleged abortion ‘kill it’ comment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) criticized former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina for allegedly telling a pregnant employee to “kill it,” unintentionally creating some dissonance with her party’s abortion stance, which often undermines the humanity of the unborn.

Warren has claimed that she was once the victim of pregnancy discrimination by her employer, and attacked Bloomberg for allegedly discriminating against a pregnant employee at his company. Bloomberg denied that he ever told a pregnant employee to get an abortion.

While telling her story of being fired from a job at age 21 after her employer found out she was pregnant, Warren pivoted to a shot at Bloomberg.

“At least I didn’t have a boss who said to me, ‘Kill it,’ the way that Mayor Bloomberg is alleged to have said,” Warren said.

If Bloomberg made that comment, which is alleged by a woman who worked for him in a 1998 lawsuit and corroborated by another employee, then Warren is correct in her criticism — it is discrimination against a pregnant woman. Pro-lifers would note that it also actually does kill a human.

Warren is a strong advocate for abortion. She wants abortion rights granted through Roe v. Wade to be codified into federal law, so that states can’t enact pro-life laws of their own. Warren also supports government funding of abortion through Medicare for All.

Warren has celebrated Roe for making abortion “safer than getting your tonsils out,” and last year she voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which seeks to require physicians to treat babies who survive failed abortions. She didn’t vote on the bill this week because she was in South Carolina for the debate during the a procedural vote that blocked the bill Tuesday.

Warren’s attack on Bloomberg, as well as media coverage of the Born-Alive bill, reveals the line pro-abortion advocates draw regarding the personhood of an unborn child: If the child is wanted, it’s a baby. But, if the child is unwanted, it is a fetus or a clump of cells that can be discarded at will.

A CNN article highlighted this when it described the Born-Alive bill as one that would “require abortion providers to work to ‘preserve the life and health’ of a fetus that was born following an attempted abortion as they would for a newborn baby, or face up to five years in prison” (emphasis mine).

This writer’s perspective

Abortion is wrong, and abortion kills.

That’s true whether the baby is wanted or not, and it’s true regardless of whether or not it is politically convenient as an attack on an opponent.

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Bloomberg dodges opportunity during Democratic debate to state whether China’s Xi Jinping is a dictator

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dodged on calling Chinese leader Xi Jinping a dictator at Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate in South Carolina.

in an interview in September, Bloomberg said that Xi is “not a dictator” because he’s ultimately responsive to constituents and cited the government’s attempts at improving air quality as an example of that responsiveness.

During Tuesday’s debate in Charleston, moderators confronted Bloomberg with those past China comments. He addressed the authoritarian regime’s human rights record, but still didn’t say that Xi was a dictator.

“In terms of whether he’s a dictator, he does serve at the behest of the Politboro, of their group of people, but there’s no question he has an enormous amount of power,” Bloomberg said in response to a moderator’s question that cited his past comments. “But he does play to his constituency. You can negotiate with him. That’s exactly what we have to do: Make it seem that it’s in his interest and in his people’s interest to do what we want to do.”

The former mayor went on to say that the U.S. should confront the regime on human rights abuses, but that we still have to work with them for the sake of climate change and the economy.

Earlier in his response Bloomberg did say that the regime in Beijing’s “human rights record is abominable, and we should make a fuss, which we have been doing, I suppose.” But, he also added that “we have to deal with China, if we’re ever going to solve the climate crisis. We have to deal with them because our economies are inextricably linked. We would be, not be able to sell or buy the products that we need.”

China’s human right’s record is indeed atrocious. Bloomberg’s September comments came after months of crackdown against the protestors in Hong Kong as well of the reports of the country’s concentration camps for Uighur Muslims as well as reports about Beijing’s mass surveillance efforts against the religious minority. Additionally, the regime has also engaged in widespread religious repression and the imprisonment of political dissidents. Actions like these hardly seem like the policies of a government that answers to its constituents.

Bloomberg’s remark drew criticism from rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has been facing his own authoritarian regime-related firestorm since defending literacy efforts of the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba in a recent interview.

“I was really amazed at what Mayor Bloomberg just said a moment ago,” Sanders said while responding to a question about his Cuba comments. “He said that the Chinese government is responsive to the Politburo, but who the hell is the Politburo responsive to? Who elects the Politburo? You have got a real dictatorship there.”

During the debate, former Vice President Joe Biden also called Xi a “thug” who “doesn’t have a democratic — with a small ‘d’ — bone in his body.”

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Michael Bloomberg boasts that he ‘bought’ back the House for Democrats

New York billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg bragged during a primary debate Tuesday night that with the tens of millions he spent to get Democrats elected in 2018, he “bought” back the House of Representatives for the party.

What are the details?

“Let’s just go on the record,” Bloomberg said, speaking from the stage in Charleston, South Carolina. “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, put [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi in charge, and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bought — I got them.”

Bloomberg appeared to try to correct his wording at the end of his comments, but his statement reinforced what The New York Times reported in 2018. The outlet noted, “Overall spending by Mr. Bloomberg and his organizations in the 2018 elections topped $122 million, an amount that also includes donations to help Senate candidates and progressive organizations.”

The former mayor of New York City has been accused by Republicans and Democrats alike for essentially “buying” his way into the presidential race. Indeed, the Democratic National Committee changed their rules by removing the individual donor requirement last month in order to allow Bloomberg — who entered the race late — onto the debate stage.

President Donald Trump has also accused Bloomberg of attempting to buy the Democratic nomination. Earlier this month, the president tweeted that Bloomberg “is illegally buying the Democrat Nomination,” adding, “What Mini Mike is doing is nothing less than a large scale illegal campaign contribution. He is ‘spreading’ money all over the place, only to have recipients of his cash payments, many former opponents, happily joining or supporting his campaign. Isn’t that called a payoff?”

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Michael Bloomberg attacks Bernie Sanders’ record on gun control ahead of SC debate: ‘Beholden to the gun lobby’

2020 presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going after rival candidate and current front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on one of his signature issues: Gun control.

On Monday, just ahead of Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in South Carolina, Bloomberg put out a 90-second video ad critiquing Sanders’ past legislative record of support from the National Rifle Association in past elections, such as when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990.

It also goes on to say that Sanders tried to block the Brady gun control bill five times after taking federal office, plays a clip of him explaining different views on gun control between urban and rural states in 2015. The ad also points out other gun votes Sanders has made in on issues like checking guns in bags on Amtrak trains and firearm manufacturer liability.

“The NRA paved the road to Washington for Bernie Sanders,” text of the tweet reads. “He spent the next three decades making sure they got a return on their investment. We deserve a president who is not beholden to the gun lobby.”

The New York billionaire then followed up the release of the ad with more tweets touting his yearslong crusade against guns, and his commitment to “always take the fight to the gun lobby.”

This isn’t the first time that Sanders’ past votes against the 1993 Brady bill — which requires federally licensed gun dealers to perform background checks on prospective buyers — have been used against him on the campaign trail. His 2016 presidential primary opponent Hillary Clinton also brought up the Brady votes during the last presidential election.

In this election cycle, former Vice President Joe Biden has also used Sanders’ history on gun control in an effort to weaken the front-runner. Speaking to an anti-gun group in Nevada last week, Biden said, “Too many Republicans — and some Democrats, like Bernie Sanders — voted five times against the Brady Bill that I was passing.”

The former vice president’s campaign also put out a video last week attacking Sanders for past comments on gun manufactures’ liability for crimes committed with their products.

So where does Sanders actually stand on guns in this election? According to his campaign website, he wants to ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, as well as support “red flag” gun confiscation laws, which hardly makes him a Second Amendment supporter’s dream candidate. He’s also proudly bragged about getting a “D-minus” rating from the NRA for years.

Though, the political prudence of trying to win the nomination by running to the left of Sanders on the Second Amendment is highly questionable to say the least. After all, even if the tactic succeeds in knocking the self-described socialist out of the first place slot, the means of doing so are likely to give Republican campaigns in the general election even more opportunity and cause to portray the eventual Democratic nominee as an anti-gun extremist in states where gun control isn’t already a foregone conclusion.

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Clint ‘Genteel Harry’ Eastwood supports Bloomberg?

On Monday’s episode of “Pat Gray Unleashed,” Pat discussed Clint Eastwood’s shocking announcement about who he will support for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Eastwood went from speaking at the Republican National Convention as a conservative/ libertarian to outwardly declaring the former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as the best option for America in the Democratic presidential primary election.

Pat highlighted policies enacted by Bloomberg during his time as mayor that included a ban on salt as well as soft drinks larger than 16 ounces.

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Ex-Clinton adviser predicts Bloomberg, Clinton plotting ‘scheme’ to make Hillary the Dem nominee

Dick Morris, a former adviser to Bill Clinton, predicted Sunday that Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton are plotting a “scheme” that would allow Clinton to become the 2020 Democratic nominee.

Speaking with radio host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable,” Morris said that he believes Bloomberg will continue to campaign and spend loads of cash to syphon support from Sen. Bernie Sanders and trigger a brokered convention.

“Here’s the deal that I think is going down. I think Hillary and Bloomberg have gotten together and cooked up a scheme,” Morris said.

Morris went on to explain:

Nobody will be nominated on the first ballot, and it’ll go to a second ballot. Now, the problem is that the party establishment doesn’t have a candidate. They can’t do Bloomberg because he got killed in the debate. … Can’t do [Joe] Biden because he’s already lost the frontrunner status. … [Pete] Buttigieg looks like a high school kid at the Model UN, and he’s not gonna be able to have it, certainly not against [President Donald] Trump. [Elizabeth] Warren is third, but she’s pretty far to the left, and people are not gonna want to— they’re not going to want to trust her.

And when you put it together, it will go to a second ballot and then I think Hillary Clinton enters the race. And the superdelegates will all leave who they are for and go to Hillary.

Morris characterized his theory as the “establishment scenario,” suggesting that he believes moderate Democrats will do everything in their power to prevent Sanders from securing the Democratic nomination.

“Hillary is the only candidate that they’ll be able to come up with that can measure up to Donald Trump,” Morris said.

Morris went on to say that if Sanders does win the Democratic nomination, then President Donald Trump will not only “massacre” him in the general election, but the Democratic Party as a whole, predicting Democrats would lose upwards of 60 seats in the House.

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Meghan McCain lauds Warren for savaging Bloomberg: ‘I really enjoyed watching you rip out Mayor Bloomberg’s jugular’

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain praised presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Thursday for the way she attacked fellow presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas.

McCain has been critical of Bloomberg in the days since he announced his campaign.

What are the details?

Warren appeared via video livestream on Thursday’s broadcast, where she discussed Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas.

“Hello, Senator, this is Meghan,” McCain said. “First of all, congratulations last night. I really enjoyed watching you. I really enjoyed watching you rip out Mayor Bloomberg’s jugular — I really did.”

Warren smiled and responded, “So nice.”

Warren opened the Democratic debate with a scathing attack on Bloomberg.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against,” Warren said during her debate opener. “A billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians!’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg! Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies like red-lining and stop and frisk.”

Warren said that she would openly support any Democratic nominee, but warned that Democrats are taking a “huge risk” if they opt to “substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

During Thursday’s show, McCain continued, “I take great offense at the idea that you’ve been running for president … and you should just drop out because he has billions of dollars. The time that Trump came up last night was when you compared him to saying that Democrats aren’t going to win the nomination if they have a history of harassing women.

“I think this is an incredibly strong point,” she insisted. “[Bloomberg] has a history of both misogynistic and racially charged comments over a long period of time, and I believe the media has given him a huge pass on this.”

How did Warren respond?

Warren replied, “You know, I think you’re asking the question, Meghan: Why [does the media] always seem to give the billionaires extra consideration?”

She added, “Because I think that’s what’s happened here, but you know what I’ll bet you he’s doing right now? I’ll bet he’s reaching in his pocket and spending $100 million more on advertising to try to erase everyone’s memory of what happened last night.”

Warren continued, pointing out that Democrats should never appoint a man or woman who “has a history of embracing racially outrageous practices like stop and frisk.”

“[W]e should not have a nominee who has — we don’t know how many times he’s been charged with discrimination against women or with sexual harassment and has just shoveled some of his money in to cover it up,” Warren added. “Too many men have gotten away with that for far too long and it stops now.”

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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After pouring millions into Virginia elections, gun control group sets sights on Texas

A gun control group co-founded by 2020 presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a multimillion-dollar effort to support anti-gun candidates in Texas.

In a news release issued on Wednesday, anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety said that it planned to spend $8 million in an electoral effort focused on state legislature and congressional races as well as “educating the voting electorate in order to make Texas competitive at the statewide level.”

According to a corresponding memo about its plans for the Lone Star State, the group plans to put resources into 27 different House district races either trying to oust “gun lobby-backed candidates” or re-elect pro-gun control candidates, with a big focus on the Dallas and Houston suburbs. The memo also claims that the state House is “just nine seats short” of a pro-gun control majority.

On the federal level, the memo also says that the group will put efforts into trying to flip control of seats currently held by GOP Reps. Michael McCaul, John Carter, Dan Crenshaw, and Chip Roy, as well as three House seats currently held by Republicans who are retiring. The group also plans to defend two Democratic seats held by Reps. Lizzie Fletcher and Collin Allred.

“Gun safety has become a top issue for voters — especially in the suburbs — as Texas becomes younger and more diverse, and after years of horrific gun violence and lawmakers who fail to address it,” a statement from Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, which is a part of Everytown, says. “That’s why we’ll focus on electing gun sense candidates up and down the ballot in Texas, where a majority of households own guns, because polling proves gun owning and non-gun owning parents alike want their children to keep their kids safe.”

The group also notes that the $8 million Texas spending spree will be just part of its overall $60 million investment in the 2020 election cycle.

This isn’t Everytown’s first attempt to flip control of a state legislature. The gun control group took a victory lap over the results of Virginia’s statewide elections in November after spending over $2.5 million on those races and capitalizing on a shooting that took place in the state earlier that year. Those elections saw the control of the general shift from Republican to Democrat and paved the way for the current Democrat-let gun control efforts going on in Richmond.

“I would say anyone running for office in Texas should look to Virginia,” Watts said in a story by the Houston Chronicle. “Six months after a shooting in Virginia Beach, all of the elected officials who refused gun sense were voted out of office.”

While the group was co-founded by Bloomberg, Watts said on a Wednesday call that Everytown was “totally separate” from his 2020 presidential campaign, according to CNN.

“Mike and I founded Everytown together. He’s a critical part of the movement,” Watts said. “But as the movement has grown, so has our organization and our funding. Mike has consistently provided between a quarter and a third of our funding, depending on the cycle. In 2019, he provided about 25% of our contribution. But our grassroots engagement has grown in leaps and bounds.”

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Despite crowded 2020 field, CNN’s Van Jones laments that Democrats ‘should have other choices’ than Sanders and Bloomberg

CNN host and political commentator Van Jones says that the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Democratic presidential primary race shows that “mainline Democrats” have a problem and that the party needs to “look in the mirror” to figure out what’s going on.

“From a party point of view, mainline Democrats are being squeezed out by Bernie and Bloomberg,” Jones said during a panel discussion following Wednesday night’s contentious debate. “Bernie is leading a bottom-up insurgency from the left, and he’s not actually a Democrat. And then now you have this top-down incursion from the right from, uh, from Bloomberg — millions of people billions of dollars — he’s not really a Democrat, either.”

As far as the two candidates’ Democratic bona fides are concerns, Jones was likely referring to the fact that Sanders’ party affiliation in the Senate is independent and Bloomberg was a Republican during his years as New York City mayor.

Jones said that, in his view, the popularity of the two candidates “tells me that there’s a judgment going on with the American people that the mainline Democrats — there’s something wrong, there’s something defective, there’s something that’s not cutting the cheese and so these outside forces are coming in, squeezing them out.”

“What you’re seeing is there’s a judgment on this party and frankly one of the people I had the most hope in is you because you had a different set of ideas,” Jones said to former Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, who was also on the panel, “but people should be looking in the mirror in this party to figure out what is going on here because really we should have other choices than just these two outsiders.”

But Democrats have had plenty of other candidate choices in the primary race so far, many of whom have already dropped out of the running for party’s nomination after failing to gain steam.

And yet, out of that incredibly crowded primary field, Sanders has emerged as the current front-runner with the former mayor enjoying his own recent surge after declaring his candidacy in November. After winning the New Hampshire primary, Sanders’ RealClearPolitics national polling average currently puts him at the front of the pack with Bloomberg coming in third place behind former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Hillary Clinton has no interest in being Mike Bloomberg’s VP candidate: ‘Oh, no’

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said this week that she would not be interested in joining former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg as his running mate.

The possibility originated when unnamed Bloomberg campaign sources told the Drudge Report that Bloomberg was considering Clinton and thought they would make a “formidable” combination.

When asked about the rumor, Bloomberg’s communications director didn’t confirm or deny its truth.

“We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation,” Jason Schechter said in a statement, according to the New York Post.

Clinton killed those rumors during a Tuesday interview on El Vocero de Puerto Rico.

“Oh no,” Clinton said when asked about joining the Bloomberg campaign. “I’m just waiting and watching as this plays out. I will support whoever the nominee is.”

Clinton was a senator in New York for several years while Bloomberg was mayor of New York City. Clinton went on to run for the Democratic nomination twice, losing to former President Barack Obama in 2008, and defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016 before losing the general election to President Donald Trump.

Clinton has (mostly) indicated that she’s not interested in becoming anyone’s vice president, although she has a habit of wording her denials in a way that leaves the door slightly open.

“I never say never because I believe in serving my country,” Clinton told Ellen DeGeneres about vice presidential aspirations. “But it’s never going to happen.”

The choice to distance herself from Bloomberg looked even wiser after the billionaire’s abysmal performance during the Nevada presidential debate Wednesday night, when the other primary candidates took turns teeing off on his reported racist and sexist comments, his support of stop and frisk, and his history of sexual misconduct allegations.

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Bloomberg claims he’s a ‘fan’ of Obamacare at debate after previously calling it a ‘disgrace’

During Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate, 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said that he supported Obamacare despite previously calling the 2010 health care law “a disgrace” shortly after its passage.

Responding to a criticism from rival candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and a moderator’s related question about his earlier criticism of the health care law, the former New York City mayor said, “I am a fan of Obamacare.”

“Since when, Mr. Mayor?” the former vice president shot back, interrupting Bloomberg’s answer.

Bloomberg responded that he initially supported the legislation, but that it ultimately didn’t go far enough for his liking.

“Mr. Vice President, I just checked the record, because you’d said one time that I was not,” the mayor said. “In ’09, I testified and gave a speech before the mayors’ conference in Washington advocating it and trying to get all the mayors to sign on. And I think at that time I wrote an article praising Obamacare. It was either in the New York Post or the Daily News. So the facts are I was there.”

“Didn’t you call it a disgrace, though, Mr. Mayor?” Biden persisted, interrupting the answer yet again.

“Let me finish, thank you,” Bloomberg told Biden.

“I was in favor of it; I thought it didn’t do as, go as far as we should,” the former mayor continued. “What Trump has done to this is a disgrace. The first thing we’ve got to do is get the White House and bring back those things that were left and then find the ways to expand it: another public option, to having some rules about capping charges, all of those things.”

Being given a chance to respond by one of the debate moderators, Biden once again went after Bloomberg’s past comments.

“The mayor said when we passed it — the signature piece of this administration — it’s a disgrace,” the former vice president said. “They’re the exact words, it was a disgrace. Look it up, check it out: It was a disgrace.”

The remarks that Biden was referring to came just months after Obamacare was passed at a July 2010 appearance at Dartmouth College, CNN reported over the weekend.

“We passed a health care bill that does absolutely nothing to fix the big health care problems in this country; it is just a disgrace,” the former mayor said at the time. “The president, in all fairness, started out by pointing out what the big problems were, but then turned it over to Congress, which didn’t pay any attention to any of those big problems and just created another program that’s going to cost a lot of money.”

He also voiced concerns that there wouldn’t be enough doctors for the newly insured “and unless they fix immigration and let people who come here for medical education stay here, those people are just going to do the same thing. They’re going to have to go to the emergency rooms where they’ve been except that now it’s going to cost a lot more money.”

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VIDEO: Liz Warren opens Democratic debate with blistering attack on Mike Bloomberg

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) opened the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a blistering attack on New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against,” said Warren.

“A billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads,’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians!’ And no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg!” she added.

“Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies like red-lining and stop and frisk,” she continued.

“Look I’ll support whoever the Democatic nominee is, but understand this, Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another,” she concluded. “This country has worked for the rich for a long time and left everyone else in the dirt.”

Bloomberg responded by reciting items from his resume and claiming he had the best chance to beat President Donald Trump.

“I’m a New Yorker, I know how to take on an arrogant con man like Donald Trump who comes from New York,” said Bloomberg.

“Im a mayor, or I was a mayor. I know how to run a complicated city, the biggest, more diverse city in this country,” he added.

Here’s the video of her attack:

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Sanders campaign aide slammed for describing calls for his medical records as a ‘smear campaign’ akin to birtherism

A top campaign aide for the 2020 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came under fire Wednesday for her attempts to defend her boss’ refusal to release his medical records amid concerns about his age and health.

When asked whether the American people deserve to know more about Sanders’ health going forward during a CNN appearance, Sanders campaign national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray compared the concerns to previous questions posed about other candidates’ in the past.

“I think the American people deserve to know exactly as much as every other candidate has released in this race currently and historically,” she said. “And what you’re seeing right now is really reminiscent of some of the kind of smear, kind of skepticism campaigns that have been run against a lot of different candidates in the past, questioning where there from, their lineage, et cetera.”

While vague, Gray’s comment appears to be a direct reference to the “birther” theory about former President Barack Obama’s birthplace that came up in previous presidential elections. The comparison was quickly trashed on social media, with critics pointing to Sanders’ previous pledge to release his medical records (which he has since backtracked on) and the fact that he literally had a heart attack just a few months ago in October.

But that wasn’t the only part of what Gray said that generated controversy; she also made a false claim about a rival candidate’s medical history.

During her remarks, Gray also tried to shift the subject to Sanders’ 2020 rival, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying that “it’s really telling that none of the same concern is being demonstrated for Michael Bloomberg, who is the same age as Bernie Sanders, who has suffered heart attacks in the past, and what we’re seeing is a kind of, um, smear campaign from the likes of … republicans who — if they were honest with themselves — don’t support Bernie Sanders for other reasons.”

However, there are no reports of Bloomberg ever having a heart attack in the past, and the Bloomberg campaign decried the assertion “an absolute lie” in a Wednesday statement.

“The truth is: After a positive stress test in his doctor’s office at Johns Hopkins University in 2000, Mike had two coronary stents placed,” said campaign manager Kevin Sheekey. “Facts matter. This isn’t the way to defeat Donald Trump in November.” A letter from Bloomberg’s doctor in December also described the past stent placement, but no heart attacks.

Gray later corrected her comments record on Twitter, saying that she “misspoke” about Bloomberg’s cardiac history.

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Bloomberg Frames Farmers As Primitive Idiots In Demeaning Diatribe

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Michael Bloomberg isn’t making any friends in the agriculture industry, after a video of the former NYC Mayor surfaced of him describing farmers as having simple jobs that don’t require much intelligence, according to the Washington Times.

“I could teach anybody, even the people in this room” to be a farmer, said Bloomberg during a 2016 talk at Oxford University in a now-viral clip in which he called agriculture a “process”

“You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn, he added.

Bloomberg then described metalworkers similarly.

“You put the piece of metal in the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow, and you can have a job,” he continued.

Mr. Bloomberg then said working in the information economy is “fundamentally different, because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter,” he said. –Washington Times

Bloomberg is also making strides with elderly voters with his casual ‘death panel’ banter.

Not to be outdone by his efforts to appeal to… well, we’re not quite sure:

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Elizabeth Warren slams Michael Bloomberg as an ‘egomaniac billionaire’ ahead of Democratic debate

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) unleashed a scathing attack on fellow candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ahead of Wednesday’s Democratic debate, calling him an “egomaniac” who bought his way into the event.

Responding to Tuesday’s news that the former mayor had made his first Democratic debate since announcing his candidacy in November, Warren tweeted, “It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate. But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire.”

Bloomberg qualified for the event thanks to the findings of an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll that was released early Tuesday morning that places his support at 19 percentage points nationally. In order to make Wednesday night’s debate in Las Vegas, candidates either had to garner one convention delegate from either the Iowa caucuses or New Hampshire primary or clear 10% support in four recognized polls or 12% support in two recognized single-state polls in South Carolina or Nevada. Tuesday’s poll was Bloomberg’s fourth with over 10%.

In qualifying, Bloomberg also benefits from a rule change for the debates that the Democratic National Committee announced last month, in which the committee eliminated the individual donor requirements that kept other candidates from meeting the threshold for previous debates. The decision drew criticism because it appeared to specifically benefit the former mayor, who has been self-funding his own bid and not taking outside campaign donations.

Warren’s harsh criticism is likely a preview of the kind of treatment that Bloomberg can expect on Wednesday night’s debate stage. Alongside his recent rise in the polls, the New York billionaire has also been facing a great deal of controversy over some of his past remarks as well as increased attacks from his Democratic 2020 rivals.

Bloomberg’s RealClear polling average currently places him at third place nationally in the 2020 Democratic primary with 14.6 percentage points; he’s behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden who have 24.8 points and 17.8 points, respectively. Warren’s average is at fourth place with 12.6 points.

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Sparks fly on ‘The View’ after Meghan McCain blasts Joy Behar: ‘You guys have done a p***-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat’

Co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar squared off on “The View” Tuesday over whether former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would make a good Democratic presidential nominee against President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

The co-hosts discussed the news that Bloomberg will be in Las Vegas on Wednesday for his first Democratic presidential debate.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that Bloomberg will likely take fire for controversial statements and stances that have emerged over the last week.

McCain added that Bloomberg clinching the nomination is hardly a sure bet, and insisted that it will be “a lot harder” than what his team might think.

Clearly disturbed her fellow co-hosts’ critical remarks against Bloomberg, Behar spat, “[I]f we keep taking the Democrats down, Trump is going to win.”

McCain fired back, “If Democrats don’t take [Bloomberg] out, Republicans will. … You want to go up against Trump and you want to take the moral high ground, I don’t know if [Bloomberg] is going to be the guy.

“I’m supposed to give Bloomberg a pass? Not on this show,” she added.

‘Who are you voting for?’

Behar, apparently taken aback by McCain’s disdain for Bloomberg, demanded, “I would like to know who you are going to vote for. Who are you voting for?”

McCain responded by pointing out her vote was none of Behar’s business.

“Who I vote for is none of your business,” McCain quipped, “but I am not voting for Trump and I sure as hell am not voting for Bloomberg.”

Behar took it as McCain wouldn’t be voting.

“So you’re not going to vote. So you’re not going to vote,” Behar griped. “You’re not voting for Trump and you’re not voting for a Democrat. You said that already.”

McCain, undaunted, fired back, “[Y]ou guys have done a p***-poor job of convincing me to vote for a Democrat.”

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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Mike Pence fires shot at Michael Bloomberg over insulting comments about farmers

Vice President Mike Pence appeared to take a shot at Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Monday after insulting remarks Bloomberg made about farmers in 2016 resurfaced over the weekend.

While speaking at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School in 2016, Bloomberg suggested that farming requires a low-level intelligence and that anyone could be successful in agricultural endeavors.

“I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer,” Bloomberg said. “It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”

The comments triggered bipartisan condemnation, including from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and a popular New York Times columnist.

Pence’s response, on the other hand, was more subtle.

In lieu of a direct response, the vice president tweeted a video from Dodge that aired during the second half of the 2013 Super Bowl. Along with the ad, Pence said, “So God Made a Farmer.”

The message in the ad is from a Paul Harvey speech from 1978.

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon — and mean it.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain’n from ‘tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours.” So God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place. So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church.

“Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life ‘doing what dad does.'” So God made a farmer.

In response, Bloomberg’s campaign accused critics of mischaracterizing Bloomberg’s remarks. In a statement, the campaign specifically targeted Sanders.

“It’s a shameful turn of events to see Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump deploy the very same attacks and tactics against Mike, but the reason is clear. At this point, the primary is Bernie’s to lose, and ours to win. Bernie knows this. Trump knows this. That’s why they are united in the campaign against Mike,” the Bloomberg campaign said, the New York Post reported.

Sanders responded to the statement on Twitter by posting a photo of Bloomberg and President Donald Trump on a golf course together.